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HBO to Go Cable Free in 2015!

While it currently boasts some of the best programming on television in the form of Game of Thrones, Veep, Girls and Last Week Tonight, there’s something that’s always held premium giant, HBO, back – its subscription model. Since the beginning of its existence, the only way one – in the U.S. – could gain access to the service (legally) was by subscribing to a cable package from Comcast, AT&T or a host of other providers. Even with the advent of HBO Go, viable access to the channel for the likes of cord-cutters has been scarce… but after an announcement made today by CEO Richard Plepler, that’s all about to change.

At an investor meeting, Plepler stated, “In 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.”

Yes, you read that right, starting next year (in the U.S.), you will no longer need a cable subscription to gain access to HBO. While the company has been experimenting with internet packages that included access to HBO Go over the last few months, this will mark the first time the premium network will be available to anyone and everyone in an à la carte fashion. This is major, and could be the turning point for viewers who don’t subscribe to any sort of cable package. With HBO making this move, it’s a safe bet Showtime, Starz and Cinemax (owned by the Time Warner umbrella) will be following suit in the near future.

It’s currently unknown how much stand-alone HBO will cost over its cable-based counterpart (it’s not out of the realm of possibility that HBO will charge more for network access in stand-alone in order to keep cable companies at bay) or what kind of service it will offer – some analysts report the possibility of the new offering not being so much “HBO Go for all” as much as “HBO Lite” (I.E. no access to library content past a certain time frame).

Regardless of what it ends up being, this is a major step in the right direction for HBO and all cable based television. So for now, let’s just watch Peter Dinklage dance in celebration:


Will you be subscribing to standalone HBO? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. james giroux says:

    ably.Im sick of paying for programing I don’t view because it’s buried in a tier format and having to pay anyway because the industry knows this. I think this is a crime. They obviously have the technology for a la carte’ selections of channels.So if the industry  goes in that direction, I’m for it. I would much rather pay  .50 cents a month per channel as an example; or more and smaller sub-package options for cable or satillite systems.

  2. Adrian says:

    YES!  It’s about time.  I freed myself from cable a couple of years ago.  I will subscribe, but the price point for me is not elastic.  There are limits to what I’m willing to pay.

  3. Tom says:

    Does this mean that there will be shitloads of advertisments on hbo now ?

  4. Vernon Loyed says:

    I’d pay 10 bucks a month (more than Hulu Plus or Netflix) to access the current HBO Go app. If this is watered down or too expensive, i’ll pass. The library access is worth paying for, as is a rotation of HBO’s movie selection. If it’s stripped to current original content, it’ll have to be pretty cheap to compete with Vudu and other places you can pay for season passes of their shows already. 

  5. Camber says:

    free channels are coming (in the winter)

  6. Earl says:

    Hell yah! Make it available to Apple TV or Roku….

  7. Ryan L Kempf says:

    so hbo will be a part of regular Satellite lineup

  8. Kristy G. says:

    I’m already subscribed to HBO, so this won’t affect me. 😀

  9. Erica says:


  10. james giroux says:

    Screw fix rules! What do they do, get a kick back from cable and sat. dish  companies?

  11. james g says:

    But eventually they will have to notice and adjust to be able to compete

  12. james g says:

    Yes but less money for you net, if your not paying for a large package .

  13. james g says:

    Touche’ they are just a bunch of money g rubbing a-holes.