Want to pay for Game of Thrones? You can't. You'll have to pirate it.
Want to pay for Game of Thrones? You can't. You'll have to pirate it.

HBO cuts off paying Aussie customers, forces piracy

AUSTRALIANS who use "geo-dodging" services to sneak into the US-only HBO Now video streaming service, to watch popular TV shows like Game of Thrones, are being told they will soon be cut off.

Multiple messages seen by Fairfax Media show that HBO has been emailing Australians saying they will be cut off on April 21.

"It has come to our attention that you may have signed up for and viewed video content on the HBO NOW streaming service from outside of the authorised service area (the United States, including D.C. and certain US territories)," the email says.

"We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the HBO NOW streaming service is only available to residents of the United States, for use within the United States. Any other access is prohibited by our Terms of Use."

The email goes on to say that if HBO hasn't heard back by Tuesday next week it will deactivate accounts without further notice.

Read more at Brisbanetimes.com.au

The email from HBO:

Dear HBO NOW User:

It has come to our attention that you may have signed up for and viewed video content on the HBO NOW streaming service from outside of the authorized service area (the United States, including D.C. and certain US territories).

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the HBO NOW streaming service is only available to residents of the United States, for use within the United States. Any other access is prohibited by our Terms of Use.

If you feel that you have received this message in error, and that you have both met the eligibility requirements for HBO NOW and have been using the service within the United States, please call us at 1-855-366-2183. If we do not hear from you by April 21, we will proceed with deactivating your HBO NOW account without further notice to you. Please note that it is your responsibility to cancel any automatic billing with your Subscription Provider to avoid incurring charges for any future months.

Source: Whirlpool Forums

 

Should content providers cut off paying customers?

This poll ended on 18 April 2016.

Current Results

Who cares? Piracy is free.

13%

No. Geo-restriction is anti-competitive.

81%

Yes. If you're not a US citizen you shouldn't be able to watch GoT.

5%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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