Wednesday, March 2, 2011

HBO Go expands TV and movie programming

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cable TV network HBO is making nearly all its titles available for its HBO Go service, in a sign that parent Time Warner Inc is escalating the fight against movie renter Netflix.

HBO said on Wednesday it is putting more than 1,400 its shows, including every episode of "The Sopranos" and "True Blood," on the service that lets subscribers to the premium pay channel instantly watch programs through devices with broadband connections. Previously, HBO GO offered about 600 titles.

HBO Go is a version of Time Warner's TV anywhere concept, which lets cable, satellite and telephone subscribers access programing through computers, smartphones and tablet devices once they are authenticated as paying customers. The service is available for no extra cost to Comcast Xfinity TV, Verizon Fios, Cox Advanced TV and AT&T U-Verse customers.

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