HBO could launch standalone streaming service in April, as CTO resigns

HBO could launch standalone streaming service in April, as CTO resigns
According to a new report, HBO will release its standalone streaming service in April, right alongside the premiere of the new season of "Game of Thrones."

The service will be different than the current HBO Go streaming service, and the technology backing the software will also be different. The new tech will supposedly keep outages and lag to a minimum, even during episodes of extremely popular shows like "Game of Thrones" and "True Detective."

HBO's current CTO, Otto Berkes, resigned today as HBO decided to outsource its work to a tech firm called MLB Advanced. Reportedly, Berkes knew about a memory leak in HBO Go that was leading to downtime of the service when server loads were high, but did not care to fix it.

"Recently HBO's management decided to partner with a third party to assist HBO in bringing our OTT service to market in 2015," Berkes wrote in his resignation. "This is a change in direction from what I planned with HBO and the approach will not utilize my overall capabilities. Therefore, I feel that this is the right time for me to move on from HBO so that I am able to fully pursue my passion building world-class technology teams, products and businesses."

Game of Thrones will premiere on April 6th.


Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 9 Dec 2014 22:51
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