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Tue, Nov 1, 2011 10:00 AM

ROKU, HBO GO

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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That is EXACTLY the point, silly.  With the xfinity choice on ROKU, some, like you, wonder why we’d wantHBO GO on another set-top if we already subscribe.  Easy: EVERY episode of EVERY HBO seriesOnDemand ANYTIME I want, ANYWHERE that offers WiFi &/or Internet access.  The HBO channel(s) &even our provider's OnDemand offerings/promos can’t match that.  Plus, Roku has been taken on theroad to more than one hotel by now, & taken on vacation to relatives' or buddies' homes, to be mostcertain & that, in & of itself, is very, very cool.

 

Here, check it: http://twitpic.com/3608bk ...SEEEEeeeee...! Told ya!  

 

Get it now?  And those w/o xfinity (& such) would be able to watch HBO GO using the xfinity provider via afriend or relative's xfinity account.  You are aware that an xfinity account holder may add up to (I believeit's) five others?  Some people will share his/her online xfinity account access.  Oh, my, my, my...the listjust goes on & on when it comes to what we'd like the app to offer via ROKU that we cannot already do w/our cable boxes.  Later, after this discussion, I'll think of many, many more reasons why.

 

Okay...I'm gonna vent a bit here, but please don't take it personally (it's not meant for you/any of you, butI'm here & it's on my mind): 

 

My question is: why on God's green Earth build a new programme channel choice (i.e., HBO GO) intoROKU's channel line-up when many cannot access the programmes anyhow?  It's kinda futile & a waste oftime, $$ & efforts.  And why tease a viewing public who may one day choose to boycott it because of thismild torment?  If you have ROKU, but no current HBO access, you know exactly what I'm on about.  Here'sa silly thing: one has the ability to add the HBO GO channel to his/her line up, one has the ability to flickthru all the HBO choices, genre, movies, series, etc., but when it comes to actually VIEWING anything, noone has this ability unless s/he ALREADY HAS CABLE OR SAT-TV! (& of course HBO) huh...??? Isn't thatkinda dumb?  What's also odd is that I can set up, pay for & watch programmes on ALL OTHER offeredchannel choices via ROKU: Netflix & Hulu & Amazon & Crackle & Pandora & Disney & Flixter & Newscaster& Facebook & SmartTV &, &, &, &...  BUT, THE ONLY CHANNEL ON THE ROKU LINE UP, NOW, THAT WEARE UNABLE TO SET UP & VIEW THE PROGRAMMING FOR AUTOMATICALLY, IS (take a wild guess...):HBO GO (eff yourself).  All other channels on ROKU's line-up are accessible & many are FREE w/o aweird runaround to get it to play stuff.  Whew!  Sheesh!  (Knowwhatimean?)  Basically, why offer it &dangle it in front of everyone if only a select few can actually access it?  It's dumb.  

 

I AM AN HBO GO MEMBER; I AM A ROKU SUBSCRIBER; I AM UNABLE TO ACCESS THE HBO GOPROGRAMME LINE-UP ON MY ROKU PLAYER: WHAT'S WRONG W/ THIS PICTURE?  

 

SO, HEY xfinity!  WHY NOT HAVE YOUR SHIP TOGETHER ***BEFORE*** YOU LAY IT DOWN?  HAVE IT READY FOR EVERYONE!  (& I'm not talking about "free," I'm just talking about ACCESSIBILITY.)  Then, HEY! ...you'd play a huge part in eliminating those tell-tale pains in one's upper & lower extremities.  Wouldn't you rather keep folks happy than frustrated?  Hmmmmm...keep a customer, or process a cancellation?  You do the math.

 

The end & good luck,

~the doc.

 

 

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10 y ago

With the xfinity choice on ROKU, many are wondering why we'd want HBO GO on another set-top if we already subscribe.  Easy: EVERY episode of EVERY HBO series OnDemand ANYTIME I want, ANYWHERE that offers WiFi &/or Internet access.  The HBO channel(s) & even our provider's OnDemand offerings/promos can't match that. Plus, Roku has been taken on theroad to more than one hotel by now, & taken on vacation to relatives' or buddies' homes, to be most certain & that, in & of itself, is very, very cool. Here, check it: http://twitpic.com/3608bk ...SEEEEeeeee...! Told ya!  😉

 

Get it now?  And those w/o xfinity (& such) would be able to watch HBO GO using the xfinity provider via a friend or relative's xfinity account.  You are aware that an xfinity account holder may add up to (I believe it's) five others?  Some people will share his/her online xfinity account access.  Oh, my, my, my...the list just goes on & on when it comes to what we'd like the app to offer via ROKU that we cannot already do w/ our cable boxes.  Later, after this discussion, I'll think of many, many more reasons why.

 

Okay...I'm gonna vent a bit here, but please don't take it personally (it's not meant for any of you, but I'm here & it's on my mind): 

 

My question is: why on God's green Earth build a new programme channel choice (i.e., HBO GO) into ROKU's channel line-up when many cannot access the programmes anyhow?  It's kinda futile & a waste of time, $$ & efforts.  And why tease a viewing public who may one day choose to boycott a company & its affiliates because of this mild torment?  If you have ROKU, but not HBO via dish or cable, you know exactly what I'm on about.  Here's a silly thing on ROKU: one has the ability to add the HBO GO channel to his/her line up, one has the ability to flick thru all the HBO choices, genre, movies, series, etc., but when it comes to actually VIEWING anything, no one has this ability unless s/he ALREADY HAS CABLE OR SAT-TV! (& of course HBO) huh...??? Isn't that kinda dumb?  I mean, don't these companies want to EXPAND their customer base, or am I simply living in another world? What's also odd is that I can set up, pay for & watch programmes on ALL OTHER offered channel choices via ROKU: Netflix & Hulu & Amazon & Crackle & Pandora & Disney & Flixter & Newscaster & Facebook & SmartTV &, &, &, &...  BUT, THE ONLY CHANNEL ON THE ROKU LINE UP, NOW, THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO SET UP & VIEW THE PROGRAMMING FOR AUTOMATICALLY, IS (take a wild guess...): HBO GO (eff yourself).  All other channels on ROKU's line-up are accessible & many are FREE w/o a weird-O runaround to get it to play stuff.  Whew!  Sheesh!  (Knowwhatimean?)  Basically, why offer it & dangle it in front of everyone if only a select few can actually access it?  It's dumb.  

 

I AM AN HBO GO MEMBER; I AM A ROKU SUBSCRIBER; I AM UNABLE TO ACCESS THE HBO GO PROGRAMME LINE-UP ON MY ROKU PLAYER: WHAT'S WRONG W/ THIS PICTURE? 

 

(lots)

 

So, HEY xfinity!  WHY NOT HAVE YOUR SHIP TOGETHER ***BEFORE*** YOU LAY IT DOWN?  HAVE IT READY FOR EVERYONE.  (& I'm not talking about "free," I'm just talking about ACCESSIBILITY.)  Then, HEY! ...you'd play a huge part in eliminating those tell-tale pains in one's upper & lower extremities.  Wouldn't you rather keep folks happy than frustrated?  Hmmmmm...keep a customer, or process a cancellation?  You do the math.

 

The end & good luck,

~the doc.

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10 y ago

I emailed HBO letting them know why I canceled their service through Comcast. 

 

I know by itself it won't do anything but when they eventually offer HBO as a free standing product Comcast can just look at situations like this....

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10 y ago

I would really like to be able to use HBO-Go (with my Roku) in a room with no cable.  It's already working with Netflix - great way to set up a second or bedroom tv without another cable-box and without drilling more holes in the wall.

 

I'm not sure what Comcast is doing here... Xfinity on the Roku would be ok, but why not give the customers a break and a little flexibility.   I am paying a lot already!

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10 y ago

Comcast, PLEASE stop being so short-sighted and servie your customers as other providers do: allow HBO GO on Roku.  I see no rational reason why you won't do this other than corporate sleaze.  In the meantime, Netflix and Amazon are my go-to sources for movies, TV series, etc. And I have every incentive to drop HBO from my Comcast options.

 

Sad...mad...and puzzled.

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10 y ago

Comcast has always behaved as if customers are captives.  To a certain extent they are correct b/c they are the only cable provider in my area.  Forcing customers off lower rate cable plans justified by the digital cable conversiond did not sit well with me.  Neither do their recent rate hikes on internet bandwith. 

 

This stubbornly intentional Roku ignorance is not surprising.  Dissapointing, frustrating and one more reason to discontinue service: yes.  An Xfinity channel for the Roku would be a welcome feature; I'd like HBOGO better.

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10 y ago

Does anyone know if Comcast will eventually support HBO Go on Roku?  Pretty much all the other providers are supporting it, Comcast was pretty much the only one not listed at hbogo.com/activate.

 

I know its pretty much redundent since I have a STB on the same TV, but sometimes its easier for people in the house who don't know how to change inputs to just change the channel on the Roku. 

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10 y ago

This is so weird. I did a search for HBOGo and Roku under as many combinations as possible and always got "no results found" in the forums ... hum... interesting. Well thanks for moving my post here, appreciate it.

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10 y ago

Comcast told me that they had no plans to place HBO GO on Roku.  See my post of 11/14/11.

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10 y ago

I'll file a complaint with the FCC tonight.  They are required by law to provide cable cards for Tivos so they can't make you use their equipment. 

 

They seem to be doing something similar here (with only having their boxes and maybe XBOX 360) offer HBO on demand...

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10 y ago

As is true in all walks of life...follow the $$.  Roku is a HUGE threat to their insane fees for boxes and remotes as well as the content charges.  Bummer reading this thread as I was trying to set it up tonight for the crappy TV in our room that has the DTA box only.  If it wasn't for live sports, I would bag the cable TV but no reasonable choices out there to replace the local stuff I like.

 

One would think getting customers even angrier about being trapped by them would cause them to soften their stance, but the reality is no FCC complaints, calls to various government agencies or bothering them will change anything.  They know their days are numbered as the oligopoly that delivers our video content, but they also know almost every major player trying to wrest that from them NEEDS their infrastructure to deliver it to the smartphones, iPads and other computer devices...so, they give up this video world and start jacking the cost of the ISP services...pay for speed and bandwidth or get left behind.


I predict in 5 to 7 years my Comcast bill will be $0 for video content and well over $100/month for the ISP connection.  I rely on the speed and will pay...and they know it.  Hopefully, the big players trying to take over everything (Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google) will figure out how to get around those pesky wires!

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10 y ago

I tried to setup my Roku to broadcast HBO Go, but it says that Comcast is not a participating provider. I'm quite dissapointed. Are there plans to allow your HBO subscribers vew HBO Go on their Roku devices?

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10 y ago

Time Warner Cable announced yesterday that they are going to allow HBO GO via the Roku boxes after some testing.  Hopefully Comcast will follow....

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10 y ago

Hbogo is available on google tv via Comcast, what is the difference?.  I would prefer to use Roku but no luck so far.  In fact I can get it on my Iphone and the computer too.  I see time-Warner made a deal, let Comcast be next to put it on the Roku.

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10 y ago

Just got Roku and terribly disappointed to discover that Comcast does not support it -- especially since the Xfinity site tells you that it offers HBO Go, but does not mention that you can only watch HBO Go via the Xfinity web site. Bottom line here is that Comcast is trying to kill Roku. But the losers are Comcast customers who are getting screwed, despite the high prices we pay for Xfinity service. This issue alone is proof that Comcast is NOT putting their customers first.

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