HBO Will Launch Stand-Alone Streaming Service in Time for ‘Game of Thrones’

The premium cable network’s new streaming service for non-cable customers reportedly should be ready to go in April, in time for the season premiere of its hit fantasy show.

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Before this fall, a stand-alone HBO video streaming service seemed like wishful thinking by those who’ve cut the cable cord but miss HBO’s quality shows. Now, it’s a reality, and it’s coming soon.

According to Fortune, HBO intends to launch its streaming-only subscription service in April, which would coincide with the season premiere of its hit show “Game of Thrones.”

We first told you about HBO’s plans to start a stand-alone streaming service in October. The subscription service will enable consumers to stream its shows without being a cable or satellite TV customer. HBO has a streaming service called HBO Go, but it’s available only to those who subscribe to HBO through cable or satellite TV.

“Though the economics around streaming-only options aren’t nearly as enticing for programmers as the standard models of ‘bundling’ big packages of channels, the evolution of consumer demand is spurring many like HBO to loosen the terms of TV distribution,” CNET said.

Although “Game of Thrones” typically debuts the first week of April, HBO hasn’t yet released a specific date for its stand-alone service launch. There’s also no word yet on what the service will cost.

I am excited about HBO’s new stand-alone service. As I’ve mentioned before, I would love to cut my cable, but HBO has some great shows that my husband and I enjoy. This ensures that we’ll be able to either completely cut our cable or at least reduce it to the bare minimum and still have access to our favorite shows.

Are you interested in trying out HBO’s new streaming service? Share your thoughts below or on our Facebook page. And if you’re interested in cutting the cable cord, watch this video by Money Talks News’ Stacy Johnson.

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