Comcast has agreed to let its customers stream HBO and Showtime on Roku devices.
It wasn’t clear why Comcast blocked the HBO and Showtime apps on Roku boxes while allowing them on other hardware, such as the Apple TV. Roku complained about the situation to the Federal Communications Commission and was recently able to wring an agreement out of Comcast.
Ater several months of negotiations, “Roku is pleased to inform the Commission that effective November 25, 2014, Roku and Comcast entered into an agreement pursuant to which Comcast has, among other things, agreed to authenticate the HBO GO and Showtime Anytime apps on Roku video streaming devices for Comcast’s subscribers whose subscriptions entitle them to access the content and services made available through such apps,” Roku wrote in an FCC filing yesterday. The filing was submitted for the FCC’s proceeding on Comcast’s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable and its proceeding on net neutrality rules.
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