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HBO Going Bottom-up-- That's A Good Thing For HBO and the Future of Media

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HBO's step towards independence from cable could be a fatal blow to big companies like Comcast, Dish, Direct, Time/Warner etcetera.

HBO will soon, in time for fans of Game of Thrones season five opening on April 17, offer a standalone subscription for it's content that can be accessed through streaming devices like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox and Playstation. ESPN also recently announced similar plans.

That means that people will not have to pay the usually $100 plus monthly fees to cable giants, if they have access to wifi. Mediaite reports,

"HBO is reportedly in talks with Apple to finally launch a standalone streaming service called "HBO Now" in time for next month's season five premiere of Game of Thrones. International Business Times' Michael Learmonth cited sources familiar with HBO's plans in his report Wednesday. According to Learmonth, the price is expected to be $15 a month... The service is being developed in conjunction with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, which already powers streaming for networks like ESPN."

Why is this bottom-up? Currently, most people who want to view HBO, ESPN or other networks are forced to pay hefty fees plus equipment rentals to get (and pay for) huge packages with hundreds of channels they don't need. (I cancelled my contract with Comcast at the end of 2014 after they raised my rates to $160 a month, not including internet service.) Big, top-down companies offer very limited packages with very strict, unflexible hardware requirements, often also requiring two year contracts.

rrently, most people who want to view HBO have

The future of television is going to be bottom-up, meaning people will be able to pick and choose which channels and networks they subscribe to, without lengthy contracts, with very flexible hardware options, cutting out the cable middlemen. This has already begun and it will accelerate as HBO and ESPN continue to add more streaming options.

It is likely that the future will bring more and more content independent of big cable. It is just a matter of time before cable news jumps from being exclusively offered through cable, and it makes sense, maybe even ought to be a law that local network affiliates who are given free air frequency rights offer free streaming access for their broadcasts as well.

Monopolistic, limited option control of television access by big cable is inconsistent with the capabilities of 21st century technologies. Netflix broke the ice on the content streaming idea. Technology companies like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox and Playstation broke the ices on the tech side. It won't be long before every consumer will have a menu control software panel that allows selection of a unique collection of channels. Maybe the cable companies will develop the technologies and packaging so they can stay in business, maybe not. Think Blockbuster and rooftop TV antennas.

There will be strong advantages that drive networks to offer streaming options. They'll have direct contact with consumers, will cut out giving profits to the middlemen, and will be able to build two way, bottom-up conversations with viewers, instead of the old, top-down big three network model of one-to-many, one way communications.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

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He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites,

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet (more...)

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