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HBO Pens 10 Year Exclusive Deal With Universal
As War to Lock Off Streaming Content Escalates
by Karl Bode 05:32PM Friday Jan 11 2013
HBO has penned a new ten year exclusive deal with Universal to keep the studio's movies out of the hands of competitors like Netflix and Amazon. Seeing the writing on the wall with Netflix's recent similar deal with Disney, media powerhouses Comcast/NBC Universal and HBO (Time Warner) have started pursuing exclusive deals of their own.

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Inevitably HBO will unveil a standalone competitor to Netflix, but the company appears eager to deny this real and necessary evolution for as long as possible in order to protect the huge cash benefits they receive from snuggling up to old fashioned cable ops.

After years of poisoning copies of their TV shows available for download via BitTorrent, petitioning the FCC to make DVR recording of subscription video-on demand illegal, and threatening to sue Slingbox for allowing the re-transmission of their content -- HBO finally buckled to reality and launched their streaming platform HBO Go.

Realizing that HBO Go needs more than HBO may not take quite as long, especially now that the company is targeting exclusive content deals. Granted in the end exclusive deals won't help consumers or the companies signing them, giving consumers such a fractured experience when looking for content, many will simply be driven to piracy.


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Re: Vicious circle

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said by ITALIAN926:

Tired of the underlying message of endorsing piracy, on almost every headline.

Then stop reading them.

The point he is trying to make, over, and over, and over again, is that content companies are DRIVING people to piracy with this kind of crap.

What you are saying as if the Auto industry jacks up the cost of cars, one is justify to steal a car.

Like other If I do not like the cost or lock up, I do not have to subscribe, I can us alternatives like Netflix wait for the dvd or just read a book.
What needs to happen is more people stop subscribing not more threatening blackmail by piracy.


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said by ITALIAN926:

Tired of the underlying message of endorsing piracy, on almost every headline.

Then stop reading them.

The point he is trying to make, over, and over, and over again, is that content companies are DRIVING people to piracy with this kind of crap.


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If you dont want to pay for HBO, if you cant afford it, if you dislike their streaming option, DONT WATCH IT.

Tired of the underlying message of endorsing piracy, on almost every headline.