> Not sure who to complain to on this but there are three choices - Comcast, HBO, or Roku When in doubt, follow the money. Who would want to propogate HBO content as broadly as possible, on as many devices as possible, and who would want to limit it? HBO: More HBO on more devices => greater interest in HBO => more subcribers => more money for HBO. Roku: More channels and more subcribers on Roku => more Rokus sold. Comcast: Distributing HBO beyond the confines of your Comcast controlled devices = less interest in maintaining a Comcast subscription. This is a disintermediation issue, like music distribution, or contacting a taxi driver from your smartphone. Comcast stands between you and the content provider, and they're afraid of the new business model. Ten years from now, we'll get our video content directly from the people who make it. Until then, we have Comcast.
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I thought this was a technology issue, but apparently not. Comcast simply decided not to permit third party devices like the Xbox and Roku to authenticate HBO GO subscribers. I suppose the logic is to keep the content on Comcast devices whenever possible, for advertising and user subscriber data collection. Unfortunately, I really have become attached to HBO GO and I want to see it on the big screen. So I have decided to start looking at alternative providers such as AT&T and Direct TV. These companies (and many more, it appears) permit HBO GO on third party devices. Frankly, it will be hard for me to switch, as Comcast has been rock solid and my wife loves the TiVo interface. I guess my first step is to see if I can get TiVo from another provider. If there was any reasonable future plans from Comcast for HBO GO (i.e. Q1 2013) I would abandon this search.
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