While most of the major TV networks and several basic cable channels have been ramping up the amount of programming they make available online, premium cable channels have steered clear of the Internet. That could change with today’s announcement that Verizon Fios and HBO have teamed up to create HBO Go, a service that makes the pay channel’s offerings available online.
HBOGo.com won’t be a 1:1 analog of what’s on HBO, but will give the channel’s subscribers access to over 600 hours of HBO shows and movies. The network also explained that the site will be updated more frequently than HBO’s current TV-based on-demand selections.
Though Verizon Fios subscribers will be the first to get their hands on HBOGo, Comcast subscribers will not be far behind. There was no mention of any impending deals with satellite providers.
When launched, the service will work on both PC and Mac operating systems, though it will not initially be available for non-flash items like the iPhone or iPad. HBO does say, however, that it does intend on eventually making this programming available to the mobile market.