Synacor To Help Hook Up HBO's TV Everywhere Services

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Synacor signed a deal with HBO that will let the Internet software firm offer integration services for the premium programmer's HBO GO and MAX GO authenticated online services.

Under the agreement, Synacor will work directly with cable and satellite affiliates that distribute HBO's TV Everywhere services to integrate back-end ID management technology, including billing systems integration, authentication and entitlement services.

To date, HBO has announced deals to provide access to the authenticated services with Comcast, AT&T U-verse TV and Verizon FiOS TV. Comcast users are able to access the content only via Fancast.com; its subscribers who log in via HBOGo.com and MAXGo.com are redirected to the cable operator's own portal.

HBO Go and MAX Go provide online access to more than 1,200 hours of HBO and Cinemax streamed programming -- including HBO's original series, films, documentaries and sports events -- at any time from any U.S. location with a broadband connection. The services are available for no extra charge to HBO or Cinemax subscribers, respectively.

Charter Communications is among the customers using Synacor's Web platform to provide access to TV Everywhere online video. Synacor also is working with Dish Network to authenticate Turner Broadcasting System's TBS and TNT online video services.

"We are excited to help accelerate deployment of HBO Go and MAX Go to millions of online consumers nationwide," Synacor CEO Ron Frankel said in a statement. "Together with HBO we are creating a new generation of media consumption, in which subscribers can watch premium programming on demand."

Synacor claims its Web portal platform provides personalized homepages and online entertainment services for more than 30 million high-speed Internet subscribers worldwide.

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