HBO Go has finally taken a small, timid step away from cable networks and towards actually letting those of us who don’t want cable but do want Game of Thrones day of air to actually pay them money for the privilege. In Norway.
Well, it’s a start.
It will also run you a pretty penny, if you happen to live in the land of the ice and snow from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow: About $12.50 a month, which is actually not bad considering how expensive everything is in Scandinavia.
The service, named HBO Nordic AB, will allow customers in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark to stream subtitled versions of the same content available in the US. Original series like Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, as well as movies that are featured by the channel, will be streamable at HBONordic.com.
We’re guessing that this is because there are fewer cable fans and more broadband users in the colder parts of Europe, and also they’ve got less to lose. What’s Sweden going to do, resort to their film industry?
That said, HBO, really… what’s it going to take to just stream your original shows over the Internet? Blood? Some first-born? The ritual sacrifice of Jeff Bewkes? Let us know what we need here, let’s make this happen. Otherwise this guy will think you hate America.