Suddenlink Communications has become the latest pay-TV distributor to hop aboard HBO's TV Everywhere bandwagon.
The St. Louis-based MSO, the seventh-largest U.S. cable operator, is now offering customers who subscribe to HBO or Cinemax access to the corresponding new online services over any high-speed Internet connection in the U.S. for no extra charge.
Suddenlink joins six other affiliates that offer HBOGo and MaxGo: Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Cox Communications, AT&T U-verse TV and Verizon FiOS TV. HBO has no plans currently to license online streaming rights to Netflix or other online video distributors.
HBOGo offers more than 1,400 movies and original series online including Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and True Blood as well as older shows like The Sopranos, Sex and the City and Deadwood. MaxGo provides a selection of more than 400 titles including the Max After Dark series.
"These new services are yet another way we are providing customers with a range of viewing choices to fit their lifestyles and preferences," Suddenlink chief marketing officer Jerry Dow said in a statement.
To access the services, Suddenlink's HBO and Cinemax customers can visit suddenlink.com/hbo or suddenlink.com/cinemax, or to HBOGO.com or MAXGO.com.
Most new titles are available to Suddenlink customers immediately after their premiere on the networks. The HBOGo and MAXGo services also provide the ability to create a "Watchlist" to keep track of bookmarked content for later viewing; bonus content including interviews, recaps, and behind-the-scenes extras; and customizable views showing titles in slideshow, grid or list format.
Suddenlink has approximately 1.4 million residential customers and thousands of commercial customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia.