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Periscope facilitates widespread piracy of Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

Periscope facilitates widespread piracy of Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

The most over-hyped fight in a decade watched an aging Mayweather hold onto his undefeated record against Pacquiao, whose career is also on the wane. Outside the ring, another battle was being fought: Pay-Per-View vs. Periscope, Twitter's live-streaming app. The fight cost viewers a hefty $100 Pay-Per-View fee, which could be manageable with a large party gathered around a big screen TV. But, the fee remains a huge obstacle for most viewers, especially those without enough friends to split the bill. Periscope viewers could even tune into a ringside live stream thanks to these guys. Although some low-maintenance users just aimed their smartphone at their Pay-Per-View feed to live-stream the fight.

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Vimeo’s ‘High Maintenance’ web series heading to HBO

Vimeo’s ‘High Maintenance’ web series heading to HBO

Around this time last year, we reported that Vimeo, the video hosting website, had funded another half a dozen episodes of the Web video series “High Maintenance”. Though it hasn't been a widely known series, the show has enjoyed a faithful following, and it has now caught the attention of HBO where it will, no doubt, get a lot more exposure. According to reports, HBO has ordered six episodes of the show, and will also be making the existing episodes available to its subscribers.

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HBO warns torrent users over recent Game of Thrones leak

HBO warns torrent users over recent Game of Thrones leak

Following last week's news that the first four episodes of Game of Thrones season five were leaked onto torrent sites on the night before the season premiere, they were subsequently downloaded millions of times. Understandable, with HBO's drama being the most pirated show around the globe. Also unsurprising is that HBO is displeased with the leak. So displeased, in fact, that the company sent warnings to thousands of torrent users attempting to deter them from downloading the show any further.

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‘Game of Thrones’ S5 episodes 1-4 leaked online

‘Game of Thrones’ S5 episodes 1-4 leaked online

Hearing about a new movie or TV show getting released early on the internet is a common thing these days, but when its new episodes of the most pirated show on the planet, and a day before their premiere, then it's a big deal. Brace yourselves, Game of Thrones fans, as the next few weeks might see an increase of spoilers floating around online (this article is spoiler free, however, I promise). With Game of Thrones' highly anticipated season 5 to debut on HBO Sunday night, the first four episodes were illegally leaked onto torrent sites yesterday.

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True Detective season 2 teaser a moody glimpse at Vaughn, Farrell

True Detective season 2 teaser a moody glimpse at Vaughn, Farrell

Fans of True Detective know it’s going to be really, really tough for anyone to follow the McConaughey/Harrelson duo. Still, Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell are going to try. While speculation is still rampant as to how the two stars will fare on-screen together, the first teaser for True Detective season two is out, and gives us a glimpse of what we’re in store for. While we still don’t get the full scope of what’s really going on, it’s True Detective — we’re not supposed to.

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You can get HBO via Sling TV this Saturday, just in time for GoT [Update]

You can get HBO via Sling TV this Saturday, just in time for GoT [Update]

As the Game of Thrones season five premiere nears, viewers are quickly finding ways to watch. HBO NOW, which recently launched via Apple TV, is one way. You could also sign up for HBO via your cable company, if you have cable. Piracy is another (bad) option. Another exists in Sling, which today announce their customers are free to sign up for HBO via Sling TV this weekend, just one day ahead of the Game of Thrones season five debut this Sunday.

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HBO NOW is open for cord-cutting GoT fans everywhere

HBO NOW is open for cord-cutting GoT fans everywhere

You’ve been waiting for cable TV without a cable subscription, and now you’ve got it. HBO NOW is open for signups. With HBO NOW, you’ll get access to HBO’s content without the need for a cable subscription. Though HBO doesn’t exaclty say your content is streamed live, they do say it’ll be available at the same time it airs on TV. If you’re interested, HBO says you’ll need an Apple TV or Optimum broadband service. A 30-day trial comes ahead fo a $14.99/month fee.

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‘Silicon Valley’ cast to drop by Twitch ahead of season 2 [Update]

‘Silicon Valley’ cast to drop by Twitch ahead of season 2 [Update]

If you’ve got a funny show about a start-up that begins in a dingy home near Silicon Valley, it only makes sense to broadcast it on a service that once had very similar roots. In what could be a groundbreaking experiment, HBO and Twitch have agreed to broadcast the season two premiere of Silicon Valley on Twitch. The deal will stream Silicon Valley to anyone who uses Twitch, and comes with a special treat for those who tune in on Twitch; a live chat with the crew ahead of the season opener.

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HBO is headed to Sling TV this month

HBO is headed to Sling TV this month

Sling TV wants to free you of the cable shackles that bind you. HBO is aiming for the same effect, as their recent Apple TV deal highlighted at Apple’s latest gathering. The two, it seems, would be a match made in heaven. Like so much other cable content already has, a new report says HBO is headed to Sling TV. In a deal with Dish Network, who operate Sling TV, HBO is said to offer up their service to the Internet TV service, and will also provide HBO NOW to Dish.

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Snoop Dogg partners with HBO to produce new drama

Snoop Dogg partners with HBO to produce new drama

HBO and Snoop Dogg have teamed up to create a new family drama series, though specific details about the planned show haven't yet been provided. The information was announced in a statement today, and though we don't know the particulars, we do know the series will take place some time in the 1980s in Los Angeles, and will center around a family, some political issue[s], and their local community. The Boondocks writer Rodney Barnes will be writing the new series.

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HBO, Showtime, and Sony want an Internet fast lane for TV streaming

HBO, Showtime, and Sony want an Internet fast lane for TV streaming

In the wake of the FCC's Net Neutrality vote, all web content is created equal. However, nothing is every black and white, and there is a new gray area when it comes to managed services. HBO, Showtime, and Sony Corp. are pushing for their streaming content to be treated separately and have talked to Comcast Corp. about being included in their separate data lane for "managed services."

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Cablevision will offer HBO NOW to Internet subscribers

Cablevision will offer HBO NOW to Internet subscribers

Those who subscribe to Cablevision's Optimum Internet service -- but not a television plan -- will have access to HBO NOW, it has been announced. This makes Cablevision the first cable provider of its sort to offer the new HBO service without requiring a pay-TV subscription in general, and it might serve to spur other service providers into doing the same. This proves good news for cable-cutters and those who in general aren't interested in having a pay-TV subscription, but who find HBO NOW appealing for its on-demand and Internet-only availability.

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