HBO ‘Very Happy’ With BAMTech Partnership

Denies report that it’s seeking to exit its deal with streaming infrastructure partner next year
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HBO said it’s “very happy” with its partnership with BAMTech amid a report from The New York Post that the premium programmer wants to get out of its deal with the streaming infrastructure company sometime next year.

BAMTech, a spin-off of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, is one-third owned by The Walt Disney Company, which also has an option to buy a majority stake in BAMTech further down the road.

HBO, which launched its standalone OTT service, HBO Now, last April has a contract with BAMTech that extends into 2017. HBO has developed its own tech stack for streaming for HBO Go, its TV Everywhere service.

While it’s possible that the programmer might bring in-house some of the services provided today by BAMTech, there are no imminent plans to migrate the HBO Now technology in-house, a person familiar with the situation said.

Though the HBO-BAMTech contract remains active through sometime next year, the report said a change could be triggered sooner because Time Warner, HBO’s parent company, is being acquired by AT&T.

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