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I got the TiVo up and running again today (issues with it seeing the external hard drive so I just left the damn thing unplugged since the 3rd of September and just used the Apple TV...) When poking around I found an HBO app, so I activated it and started watching. I could activate it because my cable company was listed on HBO’s activation site. But when I tried the same thing again, selecting Apple TV instead of TiVo, whad’ya know - no listing for my cable company. Fine, Charter, you’re in bed with Roku - whatever. But I’m paying for your service so let me use whatever damn device HBO says is OK, OK?

So, is the industry ready for another consolidation? How long until we get down to just one or two companies which refuse to compete with one another. Hint - it won’t be long...


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