Tue, Nov 1, 2011 10:00 AM
I have HBO GO on the computer and on my iPad. I really want it on Roku, too. Any chance of that???
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7 y ago
I was very disappointed to find that I cannot access my subscription to HBO on my new Roku. Comcast, get with the times and allow your over paying customers access the content they are paying for.
Why would Comcast not allow HBO Go and Showtime Anytime on any streaming device such as Roku? Seems silly that you can get it on a computer but not on a TV. I have a TV in a living area and only use it for streaming. Don't want all the boxes and wires. I have the Roku stick that is hidden behind the TV and therfore nothing shows. Get with it Comcast. We pay for the service....give it to us!
I cancelled my HBO awhile back. Wish I could cancel Comcast, but no other options in my area.
Sign me up as another customer who will ditch HBO via Comcast and buy direct when that is an option; something they could easily prevent by stopping to block. Comcast won't be bothered until there is a financial reason to do so.
Will customers do that anyways? I probably wouldn't unless it is a big cost difference in the subscription; more convenient to have just one bill with everything. But if it isn't an option, absofreakinglutely.
We have been an Internet only subscriber for years. First through Adelphia, then Comcast. Our reception for broadcast TV via our roof antenna is excellent and we use a Channelmaster Plus DVR, Streaming Netflix, NetFlix DVDs, and Amazon Prime. We never subscribed to TV though a cable company and our download speed is adequate for steaming video. (Performance Starter). Our over the air channels are perfect in high definition.
We became aware of the special that Comcast Offers called Internet Plus which included basic OTA channels, HBO and increased Internet speed that costs little more than what we are already paying, with an increase in cost after 12 months. We subscribed to Internet Plus and planned to put Comcast's low definition descrambler box in the closet since we wouldn't need it. We really wanted to access HBO on our Roku. Imagine our surprise when we found out that Comcast Xfinity does not support HBO Go on our Roku!
There are quite a few ISPs that will work with HBOgo on the Roku. We cancelled Internet Plus and went back to Performance Starter. We will purchase Internet only HBO when it becomes available. I guess, what is also grinding my grits, is that Comcast (and Broadcasters) require us to pay broadcast fees for something we will never watch over Comcast since we receive free over the air in all its stunning glory.
As an aside to this, the descrambler box arrived today and it looks like an oversized dinosaur VHS player from the 1990's. The Roku, in comparison is small and elegant. I am going to the Comcast store to return it, and get a receipt since I have trust issues with Comcast.
ATT Uverse is available and Google is building fiber; so we do have other options.
also a $35 Chromescast is a nice cheap option as well.
So Comcast just straight up lied to me. I had one analyst (in a chat no less) tell me that the issue is one between Roku and HBO and has nothing to do with Comcast at all. What a crock. I am seriously considering leaving Comcast if they can't get this together and support Roku. Though they were helpful by telling me that I could use a variety of other devices if I really wanted to see HBO Go.
Yes, Comcast lied to me as well. Retentions said it was a "Roku issue". Just like last year, it was a "Netflix" issue. I learned my lesson. Performance Starter Internet only for me. When HBO offers their cable free streaming option in a few months, I will take it. But, not through Comcast. Comcast needs to be split into two companies: Internet and Content. I can't wait for the day when Internet will be considered a public utility.
Any updates on the changes to the no Roku policy for HBO GO, Showtime Anytime and the other programs now available for anywhere (exoept Roku!)?
This process is available via the other services in my area. I am paying for HBO & Showtime - I should have the access.
that is pretty funny seeing how if it was between Roku and HBO then HBO Go wouldn't be available on the Roku.
As an HBO subscriber, I would like to be able to watch HBO shows through my ROKU device. This option is not available through Comcast/Xfinity. Are there any plans in the future to add this function?