Hmm... finally looked into it - with my cable company running a solid deal on HBO this is pretty great. And looking at it compared to Netflix it wins hands down on quality offerings of movies and shows on demand.
HBO Go and MLB.TV Apps Now Live on Xbox 360
So both the Xfinity and HBO Go apps are downloadable on my 360. I downloaded each. Comcast, mother-fuckers that they are, aren't on the list for HBO Go. So I go to the Xfinity app and get this message; server unavailable. FUCKING COMCAST MOTHER-FUCKING PIECES OF FUCKING SHIT!!!
This is all a giant plate of "who gives a fuck". Great, so I can pay my traditional cable providers and use XBOX as my tuner. Big fucking deal? What people want is to have their game console be the funnel through which they get content in a variety of forms (piece-meal or otherwise) and to get rid of their cable provider.
It's pretty much useless if you don't already have a cable tv subscription along with HBO, at which point you probably have a cable box hooked up to your TV. It's the same problem the FIOS TV app has, you need to be on a supported service and it looks like it authenticates whenever you run it.
I guess I could try taking my xbox with me the next time I visit my mom or something and activate it there, but that seems like such a major hassle for something I don't even know for sure will work.
I guess I'll just stick to using Slingbox.
No its not man. I cancelled cable a few years back and just have internet. This is kind of a hassle but my god mom has HBO and I just asked her if it was cool to use her account she let me and now I am finally getting to enjoy Game of Thrones. Didn't even take me a few mins.
Problem is I live in a different service area so I don't have the same provider, and that seems key. They're on Verizon FiOS and I'm on Time Warner. Oh well.
Damn that sucks. I was hoping people would be able to hit up relatives are something and use their accounts even though they aren't in that providers area.
This is exactly what I am currently doing. My grandparents have HBO with a Verizon FIOS account in Richmond, VA and I live in North Carolina and am on DirecTV/Time Warner. Type in the Fios account info and I am able to log in despite everything else.
WHOA, that worked! I got discouraged by the whole go to this site and type in the code and it'll automatically activate. Good thing it's a dumb system. :) You're my hero, @RuthLoose
It's always good to know that the world has at least +1 more people available to potentially watch Game of Thrones. Enjoy!
The one trick, of course, is that you have to already have an HBO subscription through your local cable network
This right here. No. No I won't pay into a system that should have had a stake put through it 5 years ago. We have the technology for a much better, more empowering user experience than traditional TV. It needs to die, and it won't die as long as we keep giving it money.
Now, If I could support just this product and not also be counted towards the viability of TV, I'd be all about it. I like plenty of HBO products. I was excited that there was an NHL app on the PS3, too, but you know what? Same thing, you have to pay into the shitty old system to enjoy the user friendly new one. And it's not just a little money, either. It's a Luxury.
@BBQBram: Never going to happen. Microsoft doesn't give a shit about any Live users outside of the US. Here in Taiwan, we still don't even have fucking Indie Games, something MS has 100% control over, never mind all this awesome media shit. Fuck, we can't even watch the fucking videos we download for games, because the Zune marketplace isn't available here. Seriously, even trailers are completely unviewable because Microsoft doesn't care about not-white people, and even then a very small subset of white people.
The huge middle finger from Comcast to its customers is absolutely stunning. And the dashboard is just utterly trolling right now by having the Game of Thrones season 2 poster as the first thing you see once the console boots up its so aggravating being a Comcast customer.
As for Time Warner that is an even more messed up situation, the cable company that owns HBO is not letting its customers use HBO Go, that is ridiculous.
@adamazing:As an Angels fan, I welcome the Astros to the AL West with open arms. We could use another 10 wins per season for the next few years.
As for these apps, it's much ado about nothing. HBOgo just emphasizes the very problem with cable tv. I'd be willing to pay, if you'd offer your products separately which of course would never happen. As for MLB.tv, learn to compete a little better with free guys.
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