the HBO deal, is the death of cable tv companies as we know it. they may even know it. this is really huge and a big win for everyone. no government imposed fake, net "neutrality" needed, the quasi free market working it out.
when the consumer can pick and choose the channels they really want to watch, and only pay for those, you win and the producers of real content win.
I wonder if this deal was in the works when Steve Jobs was still around, because if so, he really did revolutionize tv as we know it in the late 20th and early 21st century.
those of you not understanding the significance of this deal, you will in a few years. wait for it...