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9. Re: Christmas Legal Briefs Dec 25, 2012, 20:19 Beamer
Panickd wrote on Dec 25, 2012, 19:34:
Frijoles wrote on Dec 25, 2012, 15:20:
I would _gladly_ pay HBO directly (or Netflix) to get it the same night as Dish/Direct TV/Comcast/etc. I have Netflix, but it takes them several months to get them.

I don't think HBO has ever cut a deal with Netflix (and given their disdain for the online services it seems unlikely they ever will). You either have to buy their shows via iTunes or Amazon's digital video services (provided you're willing to wait for the latest episodes) or you can stream them with HBO Go if you are already paying them for their pay TV services or you can buy their overpriced Blu-ray/DVD copies when they finally decide to release them. Piracy is cheaper, easier and more convenient than any of those options.

Why would they ever cut a deal with Netflix. They're in the subscription service business, not the content service. Anything that threatens to lessen that subscription business is a waste. It may capture lost revenue, but it will almost definitely result in a greater loss of subscriptions. Half the internet sits around going "why doesn't HBO join up with Netflix? I'd totally cancel them and stream what I want to see." That's why they haven't done it.

At some point they'll likely decide that they need to switch, but that time is a ways away. For right now they'd prefer people that have no interest in subscribing keep on either buying DVDs at way too much or pirating, and everyone else sit around complaining about how annoying it is but still paying their $20 per month (or whatever it is these days.)

Piracy is indeed easier and cheaper. But HBO doesn't much care. They aren't here to sell you Game of Thrones. They're here to sell subscriptions to their service.
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