HBO Will Offer a Stand-Alone Streaming Service Next Year

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HBO has finally caved to the rising popularity of streaming services like Netflix. In a press release today, the pay-network announced that it’ll offer a stand-alone streaming service starting in 2015 that will not require a traditional cable subscription. “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO,” network chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said along with the announcement. “So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.” HBO has become more and more online-friendly by posting clips from Last Week Tonight and season premiere episodes of Girls, Veep, and Silicon Valley to YouTube, so the choice to make a stand-alone streaming option for viewers seems like the next logical step.