HBO will offer a stand alone streaming service (AKA Netflix). While Hbo will still lick the taint of the cable companies, other cable providers such as showtime and ESPN might not be far behind. I think this might also effect ala carte in cable as well. Howard related, because he is the self-proclaimed king of all media. http://online.wsj.com/articles/hbo-to-launch-standalone-streaming-service-1413385733 HBO is finally giving the cord-cutters what they want. Speaking at Time Warner Inc. TWX +1.60% Time Warner Inc. U.S.: NYSE $71.77 +1.13+1.60% Oct 15, 2014 11:44 am Volume (Delayed 15m) : 7.66M P/E Ratio 15.07 Market Cap $60.39 Billion Dividend Yield 1.76% Rev. per Employee $875,118 75.0072.5070.0067.5010a11a12p1p2p3p 10/15/14 HBO to Launch Standalone Strea... 10/14/14 Time Warner to Lay Out Its Pla... 10/14/14 Saudi Prince Disagrees With Oi... More quote details and news » TWX in Your Value Your Change Short position ’s investor day meeting on Wednesday, Richard Plepler, the chief executive of HBO, announced that the pay-TV channel would launch a standalone, online streaming version of its service next year. He said the service is aimed at the 10 million people in the U.S. who subscribe to broadband, but don’t watch television. “That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped,” he said. “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO. So, in 2015, we will launch a standalone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States.” Mr. Plepler declined to provide any more details, including price, citing competitive reasons, but said he would “work with our current partners” – meaning the cable and satellite companies that currently distribute the premium pay-TV channel. “This is the most exciting inflection point, both domestically and internationally, in the modern history of HBO,” he added.