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Everything you want to know about HBO Go’s new stand-alone streaming service

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 10:  HBO Chairman & CEO Richard Plepler (L) HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo speak onstage at the Executive Session panel during the HBO portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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HBO Chairman & CEO Richard Plepler (L) HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo speak onstage at the Executive Session panel during the HBO portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

Cord-cutters rejoice! HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler announced today that HBO will be made available to subscribers as a separate web-streaming service.

Cord-cutters rejoice! HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler announced today that HBO will be made available to subscribers as a separate web-streaming service. It’s a move that’s sure to shake up long-time web-streamers like Netflix and Amazon.

Until now, HBO has only been available to cable package subscribers, but the CEO noted that as many as 80 million American homes don’t subscribe to HBO, leaving hundreds of millions of potential dollars on the table. Plepler tells investors, “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO.”

HBO has enjoyed record success recently with successful hit programs like Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. The service is slated to debut in 2015.

Have you already cut the cable?  If so, why? And if not, will you be more willing to do, now that you can get HBO separately?

Guest:

Andrew Wallenstein, Editor in Chief, Variety

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