Well, even if there is some licensing costs going on between Comcast and HBO, that doesn't explain why only Roku access is affected. You can get to HBO Go as a Comcast subscriber in other ways, like apparently on the Xbox (I don't have one, but I've heard) and I think on the HBO website. The only reason Comcast gets into the picture at all is because that's how HBO checks if you're a paying subscriber. So why on Earth, we may wonder, doesn't Comcast want to do that check for Roku, but they will for other platforms? It's a mystery. Roku has the technology, Comcast has the technology, but maybe the way Roku does it's checks is incompatible with the way other devices do, and Comcast is the holdout, doesn't want to tweak things just for Roku? Because, you know, there's only a handful of Roku customers, right? 🙂
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If it was just a matter of Comcast trying to force you to rent a box to watch the same content On Demand, then that would mean On Demand has the same content as HBO Go. But it doesn't. And you can watch On Demand with a Tivo. Whatever the case, it *is* frustrating that Comcast is, for whatever odd reason, excluding Roku owners from accessing that content owned by HBO. I just don't get it. At first I thought maybe it was because Comcast was concerned about the security of the authentication system on Roku, but then other cable providers have no problem with it, and it's probably the same thing on Xbox or online... yeah, I just don't get it. Makes no sense. Nothing I can think of explains the situation.
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