HBO will finally offer its HBO Go service to customers without a TV subscription next year: HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said at an investor meeting Wednesday that the company will offer a stand-alone streaming service in 2015. Pepler quoted ten million broadband-only homes as the main reason for this move, adding:
“That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped. It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO. So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States.”
Pepler’s remarks were scarce on details, as he didn’t say anything about the available content or the monthly price of the service. However, Pepler did say that the company will work with current partners and “explore models with new partners” for the service. Those may be first hints as to how HBO is approaching this space, and how an unbundled HBO Go will differ from Netflix.