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Cablevision to Start Offering HBO Go, Max Go in a Few Months

December 20, 2011

(Updates with closing share price in last paragraph.)

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Cablevision Systems Corp., the fifth-largest U.S. cable operator by subscribers, said it plans to offer its customers Time Warner Inc.’s HBO Go mobile-TV application.

The service will start in a few months, Cablevision said today in a statement. Customers will also have access to Cinemax’s Max Go.

The agreement comes three days after Time Warner Cable Inc., the second-largest U.S. cable provider, agreed to offer the applications to its 12.2 million customers. HBO Go allows HBO subscribers to watch more than 1,400 old and current episodes of shows including “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Game of Thrones.” Max Go offers another 400 titles.

Cablevision, based in Bethpage, New York, had been the final holdout to offer access to the mobile application of the nine largest pay-TV providers. HBO Go has been downloaded more than 5 million times and is available to HBO subscribers for free on personal computers, Apple Inc. iPhones, iPod touches and iPads, and select Google Inc. Android devices.

Cablevision rose 2 percent to $13 at the close in New York. The shares have declined 45 percent this year.

--Editors: Niamh Ring, John Lear

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Sherman in New York at asherman6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ville Heiskanen at vheiskanen@bloomberg.net


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