FierceCable reports that Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has said that a standalone HBO streaming subscription isn't ready for primetime, but did not give an esimated launch date:
"Given the content we're making at [Warner Bros.], the simple answer is that the concept of a subscription broadband network isn't that ready for primetime," Bewkes said on Time Warner's earnings call Wednesday.
Time Warner already distributes previous seasons of hit HBO series ranging from Boardwalk Empire to The Sopranos through Internet video outlets such as Apple's iTunes Store and Amazon Instant Video. Bewkes suggested that existing Internet video outlets remain the best distribution play for Time Warner's original programming.
I think HBO is still worried enough about upsetting the cable companies to launch a standalone HBO service in the USA, but if more people start cutting the cord it might give HBO the opening they need. When do you think HBO will offer a separate HBO streaming service? 2014 or later?