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Why Game Of Thrones Will Be The Most Pirated TV-Show, Again

Game of Thrones director David Petrarca previously admitted that piracy generated much-needed “cultural buzz” around his show. Similarly, Jeff Bewkes, CEO of HBO’s parent company Time Warner, noted that piracy resulted in more subscriptions for his company and that receiving the title of “most-pirated” was “better than an Emmy.” – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

HBO has embraced Netflix’s business model, but not its net neutrality politics

“So on the very not-easy-to-understand political concept of net neutrality … we all know that every night in the United States, a big piece of the broadband capacity of the country is being used probably by Netflix and YouTube. […] So they’re going to need—there’s going to need to be an evolution of financial support to pay for—to continue to maintain the ability of the broadband infrastructure to do digital delivered programming. If you—that’s really the truth underneath the various positions that people said about something called net neutrality”. [CEO Jeff Bewkes,HBO] Hang on a second! This talk of “financial support” to pay for infrastructure and seems surprisingly sympathetic to the concerns of cable companies, especially for a content owner about to embark on an online, direct-to-consumer offering that will require significant amounts of bandwidth to be viable. The contrast with Netflix is striking. Its CEO, Reed Hastings, has been engaged in a war of words with big internet service providers (most prominently Comcast), accusing them of forcing Netflix to pay more money to ensure its service is pumped out smoothly to users.- John McDuling,Quartz
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Cable Companies Prepared for HBO Go to Go Streaming-Only

HBO GO may soon be available to non-cable-TV subscribers as an online-only streaming product, just like Netflix. […] The move marks a major sea change for the TV industry. For the last year, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has repeatedly dismissed suggestions that HBO Go would become available on online-only streaming platforms. But at a Goldman Sachs communications conference last week, he said he was rethinking it. “Up until now” the idea wasn’t attractive, he said, but now that “the broadband opportunity is getting bigger,” it’s becoming “more viable and more interesting.” […] The TV distributors, meanwhile, still have the potential ability to punish smaller channels if they find other routes for distribution. As it stands, licensing agreements usually include language that limits a programmer’s ability to make its content available online. For smaller stations that stray, big pay-TV companies can try to reduce the amount they pay a programmer in retrans fees, thus levying a significant blow to a programmers’ revenue stream. – Haley Sweetland Edwards,TIME
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You May Soon Be Able To Get HBO Without Paying For Cable

As of now, people who don’t have cable but want to watch “Game of Thrones” or “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ have to either buy a cable package or borrow a login to HBO Go, the channel’s streaming service, from another customer. But [Jeff Bewkes,TWC], seemed to imply there may come a time when cord-cutting customers will able to buy a subscription to HBO Go the same way they buy a Netflix membership, without having to pay for TV channels or a cable modem at the same time. […] “[It] is becoming more viable, more interesting,” Bewkes said at the conference. “We’re seriously considering what is the best way to deal with online distribution, but I don’t have anything to announce about it today.” […] Right now, HBO’s deals with pay-TV providers remain lucrative. And if people can get HBO without cable, they may buy only Internet and downgrade their cable packages. – Alexander C. Kaufman,HuffPost Tech
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