On a recent episode of HBO’s “HBO NOW,” host John Oliver asked, “What do you think the biggest challenge for the next season of HBO is going to be?”
He said the network is in a tough spot as it’s attempting to keep pace with the streaming platform, but the next big challenge for them is that HBO Now is only available in the U.S. for the first five episodes.
On a separate episode, he said the HBO Now show is “on its way out” as a result of HBO being forced to pay HBO for the right to stream the show.
“It’s kind of a scary prospect,” Oliver said.
“I mean, if they decide to shut down the app, they could literally have HBO go out the window.”
“The next season could very well end up being a very sad season for the show,” Oliver continued.
“In that vein, I’d like to know your thoughts on that.
HBO has said they’re going to shut it down if HBO doesn’t pay.
And I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts about that.”
Oliver also asked, “[W]e can talk about the network in the way that I know we’ve talked about it, about the people, the way they’re working, but I think there are going to continue to be challenges in the long run.”
He added, “The network is a very large organization, and I don’t think they’re willing to be forced to let HBO out of the door.”
“HBO” is now available in more than 140 countries, and HBO has also said that “HONEST” will premiere in more countries in the coming weeks.
The new season is expected to air sometime in 2018.
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