HBO knows you'd rather beg, borrow or steal your friends' HBO Go passwords to stream "Game of Thrones" than subscribe to cable and has announced that it will uncouple its streaming service from its subscription channel next year.
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Speaking at the Time Warner Inc. investor meeting Wednesday morning, HBO chairman Richard Pleplerannounced that the company will offer a standalone streaming service in2015."It is time toremove all barriers to those who want HBO," he said.“So, in 2015, we will launch a standalone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States."
The speech then took a cue from the channel's massively popular series "Game of Thrones:" "All in,there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal togo after them,” he added, presumably while wielding a giant sword.
Hopefully, the network will iron out the issues with its streaming before launch - HBO Go buckled under demand during the finale of "True Detective." Part of the move may also have to do with "Game of Thrones" being the most-pirated TV show.