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Now You Can Watch Game Of Thrones While Drinking Game Of Thrones Beer

Have you ever been drinking a beer while watching Game of Thrones on HBO, or while reading one of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire novels and thought to yourself, “If only this brew I’m enjoying were also somehow named after something from this story I’m enjoying”? Well, then you’re in luck. [More]

HBO Has Too Much To Lose From Offering Standalone HBO Go

HBO Has Too Much To Lose From Offering Standalone HBO Go

Last week, we wrote about how HBO finally came out and hinted that it couldn’t yet financially justify offering its HBO Go online service as a standalone item. Of course, this isn’t stopping people from trying to make the case for HBO Go to go solo. [More]

HBO Hints It Can’t Go Online-Only Just Yet

HBO Hints It Can’t Go Online-Only Just Yet

Ever since the launch of HBO Go, the online portal that gives subscribers to the premium network access to a wide archive of shows and movies at no extra charge, fans have been begging the network to offer a standalone, subscription version that wouldn’t require them to have cable. But it looks like that won’t happen — at least in the immediate future. [More]

DirecTV Customers With Older HDTVs May Have Trouble Watching HBO

DirecTV Customers With Older HDTVs May Have Trouble Watching HBO

Even if your older HDTV has an HDMI port, you may not be able to connect your DirecTV receiver to your TV — at least not if you want to watch HBO. [More]

HBO Cancels "Luck" After Three Horses Die During Production

HBO Cancels "Luck" After Three Horses Die During Production

The production of HBO’s horse racing drama Luck has been particularly hard on its equine cast members, with three horses dying on the show’s watch — although not during filming or racing scenes. Under pressure from animal rights groups, HBO has canceled the series. [More]

Why Is It Taking So *&%# Long To Get Good 3D Content On TV?

Why Is It Taking So *&%# Long To Get Good 3D Content On TV?

Anyone who owns a 3D TV probably knows that there is not exactly an overwhelming amount of 3D programming available to merit putting on the glasses. The media and manufacturers keep saying that 3D is the next big thing to be coming-at-ya, but will there ever be content that justifies buying a 3D TV? [More]

If Netflix Wants To Rent Out HBO DVDs, It Will Have To Get Them Elsewhere

If Netflix Wants To Rent Out HBO DVDs, It Will Have To Get Them Elsewhere

The war of words between HBO and Netflix may have just escalated into an actual slap-fight, with HBO announcing that it will no longer be selling DVDs of its shows to the rent-by-mail company. [More]

Xbox 360 Finally Getting More Live & On-Demand TV

Xbox 360 Finally Getting More Live & On-Demand TV

It’s been reported for quite some time that Xbox 360 users would eventually get access to more streaming video options. Earlier today, Microsoft announced that it has partnered with a number of content providers to bring content from HBO, SyFy and even more for Comcast and Verizon FiOS subscribers. [More]

All I Want To Know Is Where HBO Is On My Stupid TV, Cox

All I Want To Know Is Where HBO Is On My Stupid TV, Cox

Andy is a Cox Cable customer, and an HBO subscriber. When the channel lineup shifted recently, he couldn’t find HBO in high definition. The information wasn’t online, and the channel wasn’t in a logical place. Figuring that someone at Cox must know the answer, he hopped on customer service chat to ask a helpful customer service representative. The rep had him check to see whether the standard definition HBO channels had magically switched to high definition in the five minutes since he had last checked, then demanded Andy’s account number, name, address, account PIN, and the last four digits of his Social Security number. To obtain information that used to be on the company’s public website. [More]

Knocked $30 Off My Cable Bill Just By Asking

Knocked $30 Off My Cable Bill Just By Asking

I’ve been hearing how the ol’ “threaten to cancel to get your cable bill reduced” ploy is “dead” but I decided to give negotiating with the cable company a shot. I got my monthly bill reduced by $30, and, indirectly related to my conversation with them, somehow also got free HBO. Schweet. [More]

HBO Go To Expand To Video Game Consoles, Web-Connected TVs

HBO Go To Expand To Video Game Consoles, Web-Connected TVs

While HBO Go, the premium cable network’s online streaming service, has already expanded to make itself available on computers and smartphones, it hasn’t made the leap to being available on gaming consoles, which would allow you to watch the HBO archive on your TV without having a computer connected. But the CEO of parent company Time Warner says that will soon change. [More]

HBO Go Finally Available To DirecTV Subscribers

HBO Go Finally Available To DirecTV Subscribers

In the year since HBO launched its HBO Go streaming service as a bonus for Verizon FiOS subscribers, it’s also become available to Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable customers. And now, DirecTV subscribers will finally be able to watch HBO programming on-demand on their computers. [More]

Spike TV: Home Of The 10-Minute Commercial Breaks

Spike TV: Home Of The 10-Minute Commercial Breaks

How long can a cable channel run commercials before viewers forget what they were watching and — literally — tune out? That’s the question that the folks at Spike TV appear to be tacitly asking their audience, as it stretches the length of some of its commercial breaks well past existing standards — some to as long as 10 minutes. [More]

HBO Shows Too Good For Streaming On Netflix

HBO Shows Too Good For Streaming On Netflix

Were you late to the True Blood game and hoping to catch up by streaming old seasons on Netflix? If so, you’ve got a long wait ahead of you since HBO’s Co-President has poo-pooed the idea of bringing the network’s catalog of shows and movies to Netflix’s Watch Instantly library. [More]

HBO To Start Gouging PS3 Owners As Well As Pay TV Customers

HBO To Start Gouging PS3 Owners As Well As Pay TV Customers

HBO is putting its shows up for download on the PlayStation 3, NASDAQ reports, but its $3-per-hourlong episode pricing is even nastier than its monthly charge for cable and satellite subscribers — about $20 on Comcast in my neck of the woods. [More]

HBO, Verizon Fios Team Up For 'HBO Go' Online Service

HBO, Verizon Fios Team Up For 'HBO Go' Online Service

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. [More]

http://consumerist.com/2009/06/11/looking-for-some-inexpensive-entertainment/

Looking for some inexpensive entertainment this weekend? It’s HBO and Cinemax free preview weekend at a number of major cable providers, including Charter, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, and Verizon FIOS. If that doesn’t include you, keep an eye on the FreePreview.tv site to learn when your provider’s previews are coming up. [FreePreview.tv] (Thanks, Tim!)

Make Time Warner Pay For Shoddy Service By Demanding Free Premium Channels

Make Time Warner Pay For Shoddy Service By Demanding Free Premium Channels

According to a tipster, Time Warner Cable resets their complaint list every three months, allowing users with shoddy service to continually request perks like free premium channels year-round without reprisal.