HBO coming to Apple’s revolutionary iPad, but not Netflix

Apple Store“Netflix Inc.’s drive to offer its subscribers online movies from all the biggest Hollywood studios may hit a wall with HBO,” Ronald Grover reports for Bloomberg.

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“Time Warner Inc.’s pay-television channel, home to shows including the ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘True Blood,’ holds cable and Internet rights to films from Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Pictures and is unlikely to make a deal with Netflix, HBO Co-President Eric Kessler said,” Grover reports. “‘There is value in exclusivity,’ Kessler said in an interview. Consumers ‘are willing to pay a premium for high quality, exclusive content,’ he said… HBO’s stand prevents Los Gatos, California-based Netflix from gaining online access to titles from all of the major studios”

Grover reports, “HBO intends to stick with its own plan to make shows and movies available online through HBO Go, Kessler said. The cable channel, which has more than 29 million subscribers, generated operating profit of $1.2 billion on $3.9 billion in revenue last year, according to a presentation by Time Warner on May 27… In six months, HBO Go will be available to the channel’s paying subscribers at no additional cost through all major cable systems, on Apple Inc.’s iPad, on mobile devices and elsewhere, Kessler said.”

Full article here.


  1. I tried HBO years ago and didn’t get my money’s worth. When I look at HBO when staying at a hotel I still don’t see a reason to subscribe. Netflix, however, is the best $10/mo I have ever spent.

  2. @ TheConfuzed1
    @ Jimithy

    Please read again! and read this line twice…

    Consumers ‘are willing to pay a premium for high quality, exclusive content,’ he said…

    Every one of those word can be found in any current dictionary… There clear and concise, and are not hiding behind veiled rhetoric. They want your money and don’t mind repackaging and selling it to you again. At a premium! Boycott HBO and Time-Warner… thieving bastards.

  3. Since I don’t have any sort of cable TV any more (good riddance) and I haven’t subscribed to HBO since the 80’s I’m not really missing anything. But it would have been nice to see the Sopranos. I guess. At least that’s what people tell me.


  4. I agree with you Chrissy1.

    I would like where I could subscribe to 2 or three channels. But for the most part there is not much to offer. What shows I like I can get from iTunes. Or I can do the Hulu thing. The only time the TV gets turned on anymore is the local news. Even that is questionable. (The News, not turning on the TV)

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