There's a launch date making the rounds for HBO's upcoming web service.
As we reported back in October, HBO's planned streaming service will be available with or without a cable subscription — think Netflix.
But unlike Netflix, Fortune reports the company is going to outsource its streaming technology. HBO will provide the content, but content delivery company MLB Advanced Media will serve it up.
It's an apparent attempt to avoid the rage-inducing HBO Go crash that took place during the season four premiere of "Game of Thrones."
And Fortune says HBO wants to distance itself from the assumption it's challenging the likes of Netflix writing, "HBO is expected to make a strong statement that it is a media company, not a technology company, one source said." (Video via Netflix)
When HBO made the decision to outsource its streaming tech, however, it canceled an internal streaming project called "Maui."
Which led to the resignation of HBO's Chief Technology Officer Otto Berkes, who reportedly led the team working on "Maui." Variety obtained a memo sent to Berkes's staff which gave the impression he was unaware of the company's plan to outsource the streaming technology.
Despite the resignation, HBO is full steam ahead with its plans to launch a standalone streaming service in the coming year.
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