The Spite of Comcast: HBO Go

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  1. Nov 2, 2019 #101 of 109
    schatham

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    I have Epix and we get 1 channel live, maybe when Starz is gone they will use all 4. The Epix app will work on Tivo choosing Xbox when activating.
     
  2. Nov 2, 2019 #102 of 109
    schatham

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    Epix has the series Get Shorty, excellent show.
     
  3. Nov 3, 2019 #103 of 109
    chiguy50

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    I think that Comcast is trying to placate their Starz subscribers with the disclaimer that in its place they will be adding not only EPIX linear channels and VOD but also Streampix (and Hitz as well). FWIW.


    That is my hope although it is still very early days and much remains to be seen. I will attempt to address this issue in any new bulk services contract that includes HBO, but I will not be surprised if Comcast demurs that they can not commit at this point to anything regarding HBO Max.
     
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  4. Nov 4, 2019 #104 of 109
    NashGuy

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    Yeah, Epix has really been building out their slate of originals over the past year or so and I'm tempted to try it out at just $6/mo. (BTW, first season of Get Shorty is now on Netflix. I may check it out there first.) All of the recent movies that come to Epix (from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM) become available on both Prime Video and Hulu about 90 days later, so folks with those services may find Epix less appealing for that reason. But the Epix original series remain exclusive to Epix.

    Yeah, unless a renegotiated deal between AT&T/HBO and Comcast is pretty much already done (and I doubt it is), you probably won't get any useful info from whoever it is you deal with.

    One of the reported concerns that MVPDs have with HBO Max is that it's a trojan horse, that it'll only encourage more cable subscribers to ditch the cable channel bundle or to simply switch their cable bundle service over to HBO Max when that becomes an add-on option in 2021. But the reality is that Hulu already operates a similar business model and Comcast has already agreed to put a Hulu app on X1. (In fact, that should be happening any time now.) I would definitely expect it to be a truncated version of the Hulu app that only supports the core on-demand service but does not offer the live channel or premium add-on options. Can't see Comcast allowing another distributor to directly compete with them on their own boxes!

    In the end, I expect a similar arrangement between both Comcast and Charter with HBO Max. HBO Max (and Hulu) would presumably work like Netflix does on X1; titles will be discoverable through the system's universal search, and at least some titles from the app would appear in the native X1 UI for browsing, as well as in the user's universal watchlist spanning DVR recordings, native on-demand, and various apps. But viewing of all HBO Max on-demand titles would take place in its own app. Isn't that how Netflix works on X1?
     
  5. Nov 6, 2019 #105 of 109
    nrnoble

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    Just yesterday I was using HBOGO and could not read the titles because they decided to use white text ontop of thumbnails of the movie\show. This made the text unreadable for about half of titles on screen because the thumbnail was also white-ish or light color. They easily could have just put the title below each thumbnail where it would be readable 100% of the time.

    As someone who comes from a software development background, this is a sign of people who have very little background in UI design. Never put text on images (ie thumbnails) that will be changing for exactly the reasons I have pointed out. Its something that is taught in UI design 101. And if they had tested this with real content, not placeholders, they would have discovered the problem very early in development; it is so obvious. What is the point of having titles that can't be read or extremely hard to read?
     
  6. sandi_k

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    Thanks to you ALL! I've been dreading dealing with Comcast, but we still have a year left on our "special" bundle pricing with HBO.

    We have a TV that's 11 years old, and a OLD AppleTV - we were wondering if we'd need to buy a new device, or give up on Tivo completely! The instructions worked for me -

    Apple MacBook Pro, used the Safari browser (I'd been using Chrome), and the "super-secret handshake" worked to get HBO Go loaded up in the Tivo apps list!

    I opened the HBO Go app on our TV, and chose Sign In.
    Then went to hbogo/signintv and entered the code and chose Xfinity as our provider.
    It told me that provider didn't support HBO Go, so hit refresh on the browser
    Then I clicked on "Choose another provider", selected Xfinity again

    Now it works.

    I love this community! Every time we've need troubleshooting assistance (since 1997!) you guys come through.
     
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    Thank you! EPIX was just added to my Comcast package and that procedure worked for the app on TiVo.
     
  8. Bigg

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    I'll expect to see that in Cox territory in late 2020. Seriously, they just launched Amazon. It's pathetic.

    I really don't think that Comcast cares if people cut the cord at this point. They seem to have finally seen the light in terms of not chasing TV subscriber numbers this year, as they started to bleed off unprofitable customers. All of these X1 tie-ins are about holding on to their higher value bundled customers for another 5-10 years until the traditional pay TV ecosystem is fully collapsed, by which time they hope they might have their own streaming platform in X1 that they can sell/rent/bundle for people to just stream off of.
     
  9. NashGuy

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    I suspect that Comcast, like AT&T, realizes that a major transition is happening. They just want to manage the speed of the shift, to keep their profitable cable TV customers around as long as they can over the early 2020s to give them time to successfully ramp up their next-gen replacement for the cable bundle, Peacock. Their long-term goal will be to sell Peacock nationwide, OTT, but also, as you say, to sell competing video services -- Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney+, etc. -- to their broadband customers using X1 streaming boxes so that they can get a cut of that revenue too.
     
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