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Will Netflix Beat HBO?

The new kid on the block now has more subscribes than the king of the premium cable playground.

Stephen Green


October 23, 2013 - 4:00 pm


That’s from Derek Thompson who asks, “How long can Netflix’s amazing run last?

But I think that’s the wrong question.

The right question might be, Why is HBO’s subscriber base nearly static?

HBO has seen Netflix grow and grow, yet have clung to their same old model. There was some brief excitement here at Casa Verde when they announced HBO Go, but the excitement quickly subsided when we found out it’s a “halfway pregnant” effort. Even at that HBO Go is available only to existing cable subscribers. Their growth model is… well, it’s there on the chart.


Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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I agree with Katherine. Netflix is killer value.
Cable? Not so much.

In fact, we dropped our cable subscription to the most basic (and cheapest) level available, and we are thinking of dropping that, too.

With Netflix, I can watch what I want when I watch, keep track of what my daughter is watching, and there are no commercials. Win, win, win.
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Of all the bills I pay each month, the one I feel I get real extra value for is Netflix. The business model works because it actually satisfies a demand, I've no need for HBO and less desire.
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Which one has the least expensive porn?
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