Free, Legal "Game of Thrones" Without Subscribing to HBO? World Peace Almost Seems Attainable Now

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Free, Legal "Game of Thrones" Without Subscribing to HBO? World Peace Almost Seems Attainable Now

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 25, 2012 | Comments ()


OK. This is incredibly premature, so don't even begin to get your hopes up. But I know that when we discussed the illegal downloading of "Game of Thrones" a few months ago, a lot of folks lost their sh*t arguing that they'd be glad to pay for it, just not $120 a month, which is about what cable plus HBO will run you. The problem, as most people saw it, is that "Game of Thrones" (and other HBO programming) isn't made available to non-HBO subscribers for a practical price. That's why they feel -- rightly or wrongly -- compelled to pirate their programming.

Meanwhile, Techcrunch has read into a Netflix earnings report and, perhaps, extrapolated meaning that isn't there. It's still worth mentioning in the off possibility that there is something there.

Buried within the pages of the report was this quote:

"As for HBO, they continue to do great work with HBO GO, which is now available to most US households that subscribe to the premium service," the report read. "While we compete for content and viewing time with HBO, it is also possible we will find opportunities to work together - just as we do with other networks."

Techcrunch believes is is theoretically possible that the statement hints at a potential partnership between Netflix and HBO to Go, which would basically be the greatest thing that ever happened to streaming content. Personally, I find that the selection on HBO to Go is nearly as good as Netflix these days, and if you haven't caught up on HBO programming, perhaps it's even better. But a combined venture that would allow someone to pay, oh I don't know, $30 a month to subscribe to both? That would probably be enough to compel a lot of people to cut the cord. It would also drastically reduced illegal pirating of HBO shows. That'd mean more money for Netflix. More money for HBO. Less money for cable companies. In other words, it's a win, win, win!

Of course, HBO -- which has had a poisonous relationship with Netflix in the past -- is denying any such partnership is on the horizon, but Techcrunch reads even into the denial the possibility that the two are at least having discussions.

It's convoluted, a huge stretch, and not that likely, but if it were to happen -- or if HBO were to purchase Netflix -- that would be the game changer that would dramatically alter the streaming content landscape.

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  • mslewis

    I totally don't understand this article. I didn't read about anything being free. And why in the world would HBO want to buy Netflix or vice versa? I'm confused.

  • Jezzer

    "That’s why they feel — rightly or wrongly — compelled to pirate their programming."

    Subtle Dustin is subtle. :D

  • branded_redux

    Unless they're working on it in secret, HBO is in full denial mode that there is anything happening with Netflix:

    Given how Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has been botching things, I seriously doubt anything is going to happen, streaming-wise.

    Aren't most of the HBO series still available via the mailed DVDs, if people kept that option?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Okay, did someone change the definition of "free"? I smell Wiktionary hijinks.

  • John G.

    perhaps it's "free" as in "free speech", as in we would be free to access the holy grail that is HBO GO without a mandated subscription to HBO.

  • birdgal

    I'll probably see pigs flying past my window before this actually happens, so yeah, not getting my hopes up.

  • space_oddity

    I realize it's still early, but I don't see why Netflix couldn't work a deal with HBO like they had with Starz (well barring the fact that that deal ended once Starz realized how much views they were getting on Netflix and dramatically raised their asking price), where they would make available the original programming a week after it aired.

  • HBO Go is why.

  • katyv

    Yup, I would pay for this service. PLEASE, someone sell it to me!

  • Snath

    I'll believe it when it happens. And that's really stretching the definition of "free." In fact, it's completely shattering it.

  • Chuckles

    I illegally download all shows. I would like to thank all of you who pay for cable. Also, i havent seen an ad on pajiba in 2 years.

  • Pookie

    What’s next Rowels, you’re going to teach us how to jimmy coke machines?

  • Duvall

    "The problem, as most people saw it, is that “Game of Thrones” (and other HBO programming) isn’t made available to non-HBO subscribers for a practical price. That’s why they feel — rightly or wrongly — compelled to pirate their programming."
    SPOILER: It's wrongly.

  • Groundloop

    If pirating quality programming that isn't available on my basic cable package so that I can stay current and then buying the DVDs or Blu-rays when they're released is wrong, then I don't wanna be right!

  • Wrion

    Fancy 5-star restaurants aren't made available to non-rich me for a practical and price, and I may even feel compelled to dine and dash--but I DON'T, because it's CLEARLY WRONG.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    It's still wrong, but at least you atone for it later.

  • lowercase_ryan

    This ->Free, Legal "Game of Thrones" Without Subscribing to HBO? World Peace Almost Seems Attainable Now

    Followed by this -> OK. This is incredibly premature, so don’t even begin to get your hopes up.

    Is why you suck. I'm redoubling my efforts to find that picture of you and Taylor Lautner kickin it like proper "bros".

  • He also puts absolutely zero effort into checking the facts of anything that he says in this post. Rumor-mongering is arguably fine on this site, but the shit about HBO buying Netflix and everyone winning when cable companies lose is lazy and inexcusable considering that HBO is a subsidiary of the largest media conglomerate in the world, Time Warner.

    This post would seem to be part of a worrying trend of Dustin Rowles writing really stupid articles. I love Pajiba, so it seems strange to me that the site's founder/primary contributor/etc consistently produces the worst content. Every goddamn time, he takes a position that I agree with and subverts it through little stupid fuck-ups that make me feel stupid by proxy.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I can assure you that my contempt for Mr. Rowles was superficial and exaggerated. Your's seems...genuine and deep seated.

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