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HBO Must Get Bigger and Broader, Says Its New Overseer

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  1. demifiend Link
    Not surprised. "Growth uber alles" is the fundamental principle governing corporate capitalism in the United States. Never mind that it's the same ethos as a cancer cell. Never mind that people...

    Not surprised. "Growth uber alles" is the fundamental principle governing corporate capitalism in the United States. Never mind that it's the same ethos as a cancer cell. Never mind that people only have so much free time, so much disposable income, and are willing to devote only so much time to long-winded exposition with tits in the background.

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  2. beowulfey Link
    Reading that article really points out the absurdity of executive profit drive. HBO makes $6 billion in profit, and this guy just handwaves that aside as if it's effectively meaningless. If I...

    Reading that article really points out the absurdity of executive profit drive. HBO makes $6 billion in profit, and this guy just handwaves that aside as if it's effectively meaningless. If I worked for HBO I would have been furious.

    As a user I'm mostly disappointed. Netflix was the model he's clearly after, and honestly in my opinion Netflix has been going downhill for awhile now. While they used to have quality content, I feel like so many of the shows they put out these days are low production quality, mediocre writing, etc more recently.

    Every company yearns for constant growth. It's never enough to just be profitable and maintain the status quo anymore.

    I can't imagine that America was always like this -- companies used to do things like make shower curtains in a small town for decades, now that little shower curtain company will inevitably grow so big, absorb every other shower curtain company on the market, and eventually start making shitty knock off versions at way lower cost. Just doesn't seem right.

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    nil-admirari Link
    I'm so looking forward to AT&T's vision of what they think we want. Yes and never mind that cable and their lowest common denominator programs coupled with high ratio of ads produced a tsunami of...

    I'm so looking forward to AT&T's vision of what they think we want. Yes and never mind that cable and their lowest common denominator programs coupled with high ratio of ads produced a tsunami of cord cutters.

    I wanna know what drugs these people are taking.

    Amazon and Netflix are likely ecstatic.

    RIP HBO.

    5 votes
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      Neverland (edited ) Link Parent
      Why would they send an ATT exec in to run HBO? I would imagine it’s pretty grim for future-looking employees at HBO right now. edit: spelling

      Why would they send an ATT exec in to run HBO?

      I would imagine it’s pretty grim for future-looking employees at HBO right now.

      edit: spelling

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      1. nil-admirari Link Parent
        They own HBO since their merger with Time-Warner which isn't even a month old yet (or thereabouts). Dark days ahead for employees, for ambitious content and their producers and for subscribers. I...

        They own HBO since their merger with Time-Warner which isn't even a month old yet (or thereabouts).

        Dark days ahead for employees, for ambitious content and their producers and for subscribers.
        I subscribe to HBO because of their better than average content quality, invest both my time and money for that. Once that ends, so will my subscription. Maybe I should get some DVDs of my favorites now that I've watched multiple times like 'The Wire' before they make those 'premium charged add-ons', I wouldn't be surprised.

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