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Time Warner Cable and HBO make deal for HBO Go

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Time Warner Cable subscribers will now be able to watch HBO on their iPads and computers.

After several months of negotiations, the cable giant -- which has 12 million subscribers, including 2 million in Southern California -- has finally reached a deal with HBO to carry its new HBO Go, a service that allows the pay channel’s subscribers access to its content on multiple platforms both inside and outside the home.

While HBO Go does not offer a live streaming version of HBO, the network’s new and old programs will be available on the service at the same time they are on TV.

HBO already has signed deals with most other multichannel video program distributors, or MVPD, including Comcast Corp., but Time Warner Cable’s agreement with HBO Go took much longer to complete. Among Time Warner Cable’s various concerns was that HBO Go could ultimately end up being offered to consumers directly without their having to subscribe to an MVPD.

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In a joint press release, the companies said Time Warner Cable subscribers who pay for HBO ‘will have free, unlimited access to the corresponding online services at any time, on any computer in the U.S. with a high-speed Internet connection, as well as a host of other devices, including the iPad.’

The only remaining major hold-out for HBO Go is Cablevision Systems, the New York-based cable operator with more than 3 million subscribers.

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-- Joe Flint


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