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HBO jumping off the cable bandwagon in favor of broadband-only service in 2015


Posted: October 16, 2014 by David Curry

HBO, creators of Game of Thrones, are looking to expand their horizons with a new broadband-only service, coming in 2015.

The service, set to be a stand-alone over-the-top service, will offer all of HBOs present and past shows, for a monthly fee. The fee has not been disclosed and CEO of HBO Richard Plepler did not reveal anything about the service, citing proprietary secrets.

This is the biggest U.S. network to step out of the cable-only route, citing the 10 million broadband-only homes in the U.S. as a big opportunity for expansion - somewhere they have not tackled yet.

It also comes in the wake of the highest piracy rates ever for Game of Thrones, HBO's blockbuster TV show. Currently, fans of the show have no choice but to download it illegally on torrents, or wait for months before it becomes available.

In an age where the show can be spoilt within a few days, it is not good enough. Plepler believes the new streaming service will be able to create million in revenue for HBO, who are owned by Time Warner Cable.

HBO has a streaming service already, HBO Go - but this requires a cable connection. The service has still received heavy use when Game of Thrones and other hit-shows air.

The Split From Cable

It looks like not just HBO are looking to split from cable. Today, CBS networks also announced they would offer a streaming platform for $5.99 per month, cheaper than Netflix.

CBS All Access will offer over 5,000 shows, including The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek. This is obviously a bigger collection than HBO, even if HBO's show are more current and popular right now.

We expect this is not the only move away from cable to happen in the next month - with more networks looking to maximize profits in the U.S. and overseas.

Alaska GCI will offer 1Gbps, with data caps


Posted: October 13, 2014 by David Curry

Alaska could be the next US state to offer 1Gbps Internet speeds, but with a rather obnoxious catch: data caps. The Alaskan ISP, General Communications Inc (GCI) announced a few months ago they would update their lines to 1Gbps,  but gave no specifics.

Ever since the announcement, GCI has been promoting the fact Fiber re:D will offer 1Gbps. Still no date on when Alaskans will get it, even though Anchorage is expected to be the first city sometime in 2015.

The 1Gbps speed will surpass 250mbps as the best in the state. Alaska has a rather low internet speed and internet adoption overall, but has been growing in the past five years at a considerable rate, unlike other states.

In an statement on data caps, GCI said:
Despite the speed increase, Landes said GCI has no plans to remove its cap to data usage. The fastest plan offered by GCI, 250 mbps, comes with a data cap of 500 gigabytes. Landes said the purpose of GCI’s data caps is to manage the strain on its network and ensure it can offer the speeds it advertises to customers.
Data caps are definitely not a good move, but GCI is the most valuable ISP in Alaska. If you want average Internet, they are the only provider in the state, meaning they get to in-act their own laws.

The 500 gigabytes data cap should be more than enough for more families, even though it still makes heavy Internet users run the risk of getting harshly billed for overusing the network.

From previous experience, we know that data caps are nothing for the 90 percent of customers in an area, but for the 10 percent who live on the Internet, it becomes a walk on a tightrope to manage data every month, to make sure you're in line.