HBO Prepares to Be the First/Best OTT Premium Network


About 40 years ago, Home Box Office (HBO) was the first premium Cable TV channel with commercial-free movies on television. Now, as they get ready to be the first premium network with an over-the-top streaming service, they’re proving that they also want to be the absolute best right out of the gate.

Chief Technology Officer Otto Berkes suddenly resigned last month after HBO executives chose to use a third-party streaming provider (MLB Advanced Media), rather than developing the service in-house.

It appears that HBO will launch its new service in April of 2015, which would coincide with the season premiere of “Game of Thrones,” which is their most popular series right now.