Apple fans aren’t the only ones who have had an exciting week for news, cord cutters now have reason to cheer as well. Quartz reports that Jeff Bewkes, the CEO of HBO parent company Time Warner, told an investment conference this week that his company is “seriously considering” whether it wants to start offering HBO Go as a standalone subscription option that people can subscribe to without having cable TV.
It really might happen. Just not quite yet. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes made his strongest comments yet about the possibility of selling standalone subscriptions to HBO Go, the network’s streaming service. At the moment, the internet service for the premium channel behindGame of Thrones and a long list of other hit shows is only available through some form of pay TV subscription. HBO has been experimenting with cheaper packages that barely require pay TV but are still sold through Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and others. Bewkes was asked by Goldman Sachs analyst Drew Borst at an investment conference whether HBO would finally consider side-stepping cable distributors and go direct to consumer, so that “anybody who’s got a broadband connection can get it for $15 or $20 or whatever the price is.”