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22. Re: Christmas Legal Briefs Dec 26, 2012, 10:26 Panickd
Beamer wrote on Dec 25, 2012, 20:19:
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.

This is more an HBO thing than a subscription TV thing. Showtime has some of it's shows on Netflix right now and I have no doubt more will show up as time goes on. HBO's leadership has said time and again that they think the whole cord cutting/internet streaming thing is a "fad" that will go away. Seems like a massive gamble to bet the company on to me, but then I suppose they don't care because win or lose I am sure all the top brass at HBO will walk away with lots on money either from bonuses or golden parachute severance packages. So, you know, yay capitalism!
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