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2012-08-31 12:52:28 AM
I'm sorry, but the United States is a competition-free zone.
 
2012-08-31 01:37:59 AM
It's something at least.
 
2012-08-31 03:36:01 AM
For the benefit of us Norwaymen, what exactly is "HBO"?
 
mhd
2012-08-31 03:36:22 AM
And if my country wouldn't insist on dubbing every single bit of TV in the most execrable way...
 
2012-08-31 03:42:42 AM

tutti: For the benefit of us Norwaymen, what exactly is "HBO"?


Do you "Norwaymen" have Google?
 
2012-08-31 03:43:13 AM

tutti: For the benefit of us Norwaymen, what exactly is "HBO"?


A channel that shows movies as well as creates some of the best original programming on television.
 
2012-08-31 03:44:08 AM

mhd: And if my country wouldn't insist on dubbing every single bit of TV in the most execrable way...


That's what you get for losing the war. Now take your leadership of the Euro, Mercedes and black forest ham and stop whining.
 
2012-08-31 04:27:46 AM

timujin: tutti: For the benefit of us Norwaymen, what exactly is "HBO"?

A channel that shows movies as well as creates some of the best original programming on television.


They also have "Girls" and "True Blood"
 
mhd
2012-08-31 04:33:22 AM

Insatiable Jesus: Now take your leadership of the Euro, Mercedes and black forest ham and stop whining.


But what use is money if it can't buy Hodorness?
 
2012-08-31 04:34:01 AM

AKTurkey: timujin: tutti: For the benefit of us Norwaymen, what exactly is "HBO"?

A channel that shows movies as well as creates some of the best original programming on television.

They also have "Girls" and "True Blood"


True, but The Sopranos, Rome, Game of Thrones, Deadwood and Band of Brothers make up for just about anything.

/and a bunch of others, yes.
 
2012-08-31 04:40:01 AM
 
2012-08-31 04:43:37 AM
Something smells fishy about this decision.
 
2012-08-31 05:24:36 AM
Norway can have it. HBO sucks.
 
2012-08-31 05:47:04 AM
As an American living in Norway, all I can say is

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/oh, if you only knew how baaaaaaaaaaad Norwegian programming is...
 
2012-08-31 05:49:00 AM
Yes please!
 
2012-08-31 06:19:48 AM
A large part of the reason for it is that HBO programs are aired on Scandinavian channels. There's simply no demand for an HBO channel as the programming has been sold to local providers. There's zero incentive to get HBO on cable, if it's even possible in the first place.
 
2012-08-31 07:14:07 AM
Baby steps.
 
2012-08-31 07:26:21 AM

Not amused.

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2012-08-31 07:38:35 AM
Most of the shows that Americans must pay a premium for because of commercial and ethical reasons, they are usually offered for "free" in European countries (at least after a certain time, say 9pm). Usually on the first or second tier of cable or satellite. Ive seen The Sopranos, The Wire, Dexter, Weeds, and others all on first tier satellite in Europe.
 
2012-08-31 07:47:41 AM
As a swede I would gladly pay €10 for this service.
 
2012-08-31 08:39:23 AM

missiv: Something smells fishy about this decision.


You're thinking of Denmark I think...

I agree though. Sounds like a loss-leader to me.
 
2012-08-31 08:49:10 AM
I can't think of this as anything but great. Clearly, HBO recognizes a demand for their online product, but they can't risk cratering their current business model so they'll try it in an area where their programming is known but their channel isn't. If it works there, they'll probably expand. It's not the world, but it's a start.
 
2012-08-31 09:01:07 AM
Tease.
 
2012-08-31 09:10:19 AM
Main export: tree free HBO
 
2012-08-31 09:26:03 AM

twomutts: As an American living in Norway, all I can say is



/oh, if you only knew how baaaaaaaaaaad Norwegian programming is...


Can't be any worse than Spanish programming. But they do show hot Mediterranean women topless a lot, so it's not all bad.
 
2012-08-31 09:43:25 AM

AngryDragon: missiv: Something smells fishy about this decision.

You're thinking of Denmark I think...

I agree though. Sounds like a loss-leader to me.


How can they loose money by selling something they produced anyway?
 
2012-08-31 09:54:24 AM

rugman11: I can't think of this as anything but great. Clearly, HBO recognizes a demand for their online product, but they can't risk cratering their current business model so they'll try it in an area where their programming is known but their channel isn't. If it works there, they'll probably expand. It's not the world, but it's a start.


That's exactly what I thought. It's an incubation chamber. If it works there, they'll likely expand elsewhere.
 
2012-08-31 10:12:39 AM

timujin: tutti: For the benefit of us Norwaymen, what exactly is "HBO"?

A channel that shows movies as well as creates some of the best original programming on television.


No, you're thinking of AMC.
 
2012-08-31 10:23:26 AM
i830.photobucket.com

Bout time. Hans is way behind on Game of Thrones.

/if you haven't seen that movie, do. It's awesome.
 
2012-08-31 10:23:32 AM
I know a few people that are interested about it over here. That and Netflix showing up soon as well. Mostly because none of them, including me, pay for any television package offered since almost all TV shows are crap.
 
2012-08-31 10:27:05 AM

nmemkha: [s8.postimage.org image 482x354]
FORGET NORWAY!


Came here for this
 
2012-08-31 10:31:02 AM

katerbug72: timujin: tutti: For the benefit of us Norwaymen, what exactly is "HBO"?

A channel that shows movies as well as creates some of the best original programming on television.

No, you're thinking of AMC.


If some of AMC's recent programming choices are any indication then the network is already on a downward trajectory. Breaking Bad's gone after next year and Mad Men probably won't be around much longer either. Walking Dead is pretty average. The Killing sucked.
 
2012-08-31 10:49:24 AM

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: katerbug72: timujin: tutti: For the benefit of us Norwaymen, what exactly is "HBO"?

A channel that shows movies as well as creates some of the best original programming on television.

No, you're thinking of AMC.

If some of AMC's recent programming choices are any indication then the network is already on a downward trajectory. Breaking Bad's gone after next year and Mad Men probably won't be around much longer either. Walking Dead is pretty average. The Killing sucked.


Yeah they are getting cheap. Which is unfathomable considering the reason they became a commodity at all is due to investing in shows like Madmen and Breaking Bad. Although admittedly Hell on Wheels is pretty good. Not Breaking Bad/Madmen good...but good.
 
2012-08-31 10:56:59 AM
I've seen ads on Xbox for being able to rent HBO programming on the Zune Marketplace. So that's something.
 
2012-08-31 11:02:17 AM

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: katerbug72: timujin: tutti: For the benefit of us Norwaymen, what exactly is "HBO"?

A channel that shows movies as well as creates some of the best original programming on television.

No, you're thinking of AMC.

If some of AMC's recent programming choices are any indication then the network is already on a downward trajectory. Breaking Bad's gone after next year and Mad Men probably won't be around much longer either. Walking Dead is pretty average. The Killing sucked.


AMC got lucky with Breaking Bad. The first season was only 7 episodes -- they clearly had little faith in it. And for the first two years the marketing was terrible. I feel like 75% of the people I know who watch it got into it around season 3 or 4 by watching past seasons on DVD/Netflix due to the incredibly strong word of mouth.
 
2012-08-31 11:21:57 AM

MayoSlather:

Yeah they are getting cheap. Which is unfathomable considering the reason they became a commodity at all is due to investing in shows like Madmen and Breaking Bad. Although admittedly Hell on Wheels is pretty good. Not Breaking Bad/Madmen good...but good.


As unfortunate as it is to say, I think they have to get cheap. Mad Men is expensive as hell by any network's standard and it pulls ratings that would get it canceled on any broadcast network. They were hoping that establishing the network as "the other high-quality cable network" would bring viewers to their other programming but, so far, that hasn't worked. Unless AMC is getting a cut of the back-end profits from AMC, they're probably not making much money on Mad Men and it's their second-highest rated show.
 
2012-08-31 01:33:20 PM
Norway. Better than wherever you are now.
 
2012-08-31 01:43:56 PM

grinding_journalist: /if you haven't seen that movie, do. It's awesome


Is that the Troll Hunter? Good film.
 
2012-08-31 04:55:58 PM

NewWorldDan: grinding_journalist: /if you haven't seen that movie, do. It's awesome

Is that the Troll Hunter? Good film.


Yeah.
Trollhunter was a fun watch
 
2012-08-31 11:14:33 PM

grinding_journalist: [i830.photobucket.com image 480x278]

Bout time. Hans is way behind on Game of Thrones.

/if you haven't seen that movie, do. It's awesome.


Yay, someone else has seen that!

/fistbump
 
2012-08-31 11:45:48 PM

nmemkha: [s8.postimage.org image 482x354]
FORGET NORWAY!


Came for this.
 
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