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Old 11-25-2012, 02:47 AM
 
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This is a screenshot of the Roku channel section regarding HBO Go. As you can see at the bottom of the screen, you must be paying for HBO through another TV provider to access HBO Go through Roku. This makes no sense to me whatsoever since the main reason people turn to a Roku set up is to cut the cable and satellite cord and lower their monthly bill.

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:11 AM
 
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This is a screenshot of the Roku channel section regarding HBO Go. As you can see at the bottom of the screen, you must be paying for HBO through another TV provider to access HBO Go through Roku. This makes no sense to me whatsoever since the main reason people turn to a Roku set up is to cut the cable and satellite cord and lower their monthly bill.
It makes sense to me. I pay for HBO at only one of my homes and use Roku at the others. It saves me $$ over having HBO at all my homes.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:46 PM
 
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It makes sense to me. I pay for HBO at only one of my homes and use Roku at the others. It saves me $$ over having HBO at all my homes.
But you still must have a "TV provider" that you pay for TV.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:17 PM
 
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If you live in the Nordic countries of Europe, where their business model is different, you can get HBO streaming with no strings attached other than have to pay for it.

In the USA, you can't.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:34 PM
 
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If you live in the Nordic countries of Europe, where their business model is different, you can get HBO streaming with no strings attached other than have to pay for it.

In the USA, you can't.
Yes.

Here you must be fairly urban, plus have additional layers of infrastructure available, and you must pay for that infrastructure. Then you may pay for HBO.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:58 PM
 
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But you still must have a "TV provider" that you pay for TV.
Of course. You should consider looking into HBO's business model. They make money off of subscriptions. What HBO Go allows me to do is save money while allowing HBO to still collect fees. If they offered an online viewing option that went around their subscription fees, they would lose pay customers. Where's the sense in that?
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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Of course. You should consider looking into HBO's business model. They make money off of subscriptions. What HBO Go allows me to do is save money while allowing HBO to still collect fees. If they offered an online viewing option that went around their subscription fees, they would lose pay customers. Where's the sense in that?
Netflix charges a fee. Hulu charges a fee. So there is a revenue stream even from among people who do not have cable available to them.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:46 PM
 
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What you are saying is:
HBO is only on cable or satellite.
Roku is used to avoid cable or satellite.
without a smart TV you can use Roku to avoid cable or satellite.

My town has no cable. I have no satellite. So I might be able to use Roku with dial-up, but no HBO is that correct?
Correct.
HBO GO will only work on the Roku if you already have HBO through cable/satellite.

You will almost definitely need highspeed internet to stream. I seriously don't think dial-up will cut it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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But you still must have a "TV provider" that you pay for TV.
Not for regular Roku use. Only for HBO GO.
You will have to sign up with Netflix or Hulu though. $7.99 a month each.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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Of course. You should consider looking into HBO's business model. They make money off of subscriptions. What HBO Go allows me to do is save money while allowing HBO to still collect fees. If they offered an online viewing option that went around their subscription fees, they would lose pay customers. Where's the sense in that?
You can't sign up to HBO if you don't have cable/satellite though. Which makes HBO GO pointless.
Would be nice of they offered HBO GO as a standalone subscription for media players like the Roku.
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