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  • Charter Subscribers May Soon be able to Stream HBO to their Apple TV

    Charter Communication subscribers may soon be able to stream HBO programming to their Apple TV. The information comes as an updated HBO GO Activation page now lists the US cable company as one of the participating providers. Although Charter isn’t showing up as a cooperating HBO affiliate for Apple TV, it seems that the provider isn’t accepting HBO GO app activations right now as users are reporting problems getting past the login screen. Furthermore, Charter’s own support webpage also lists HBO Go for Apple TV as unavailable to subscribers too.

    The move, if truly planned, would be an abrupt about face for a company that blocked its customers from activating the HBO Go Apple TV channel when it launched previously in 2013. Charter took a similar stance with HBO GO on Amazon’s Fire TV as well. The idea of HBO GO is to allow subscribers untethered access to premium programming on a variety of connected platforms including iOS, Apple TV, Android and others. For those of you who didn’t know, unlike the app version, HBO GO for the Apple TV requires users to activate their device for streaming via HBO’s web interface, which now displays Charter as one of the participating providers.

    Channels and services for the Apple TV such as HBO GO and the standalone HBO NOW subscription service mark a shift in consumer preferences away from cable companies and toward more flexible Internet streaming options. These streaming services appear to be gaining traction now and Apple is rumored to throw its hat into the ring with a “skinny bundle” subscription-based package for Apple TV. The negotiations with content owners appear to have stymied the service’s debut with reports now mentioning a launch date of sometime in 2016.

    On the other hand, Apple is expected to unveil the new Apple TV hardware alongside a dedicated App Store at the upcoming iPhone event this week. Depending on what is announced, there may be a whole new class of TV entertainment right around the corner, we’ll just have to wait and see.

    Source: HBO GO, Charter (Support)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Charter Subscribers May Soon be able to Stream HBO to their Apple TV started by Akshay Masand View original post