NEW YORK (AP) - Viewers longing to see "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Starting next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product.
Millions already have cancelled pay-TV subscriptions - up to 10 million U.S. households are currently broadband-only. And about 45 percent of Americans stream television shows at least once a month, according to research firm eMarketer. That number is expected to increase to 53 percent or 175 million people by 2018, it says.
Video streamers aren't falling behind on entertainment -Netflix's 36 million U.S. subscribers now watch about 100 minutes of Internet video each day, calculates BTIG Research. Netflix-watching accounts for about one-third of U.S. Internet traffic in the evening, according to one research firm. Amazon.com Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Google's YouTube also offer Internet-only series as alternatives to pay TV.