HBO to go OTT? (And no, we’re not talking about that last Game of Thrones series)

No one can accuse Netflix of being afraid of competition, we guess, with chief financial advisor David Wells encouraging HBO to go all OTT at the Goldman Sachs conference:  “We believe that if they were direct-to-consumer, there would be materially more subscribers that would pay for it in the US.”

Reverse psychology? Who knows, but, weirder still (just about), Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner Inc. CEO, seemed to then take him up on it later. “Distributors are competing more,” he told the same New York crowd, adding that a cable-provided broadband arrangement with HBO “will make it an offer you can’t refuse… ”


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