HBO Will Be Launching a Standalone Streaming Service Next Year

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HBO Will Be Launching a Standalone Streaming Service Next Year
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There are no particular details yet such as will it be a mirror of HBO Go for non paying cable customers or will it be some kind of watered down version to keep the big boys like Comcast happy.

Speaking at the Time Warner Inc. Investor Meeting today, Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO, HBO, announced that the company will offer a stand-alone HBO streaming service in 2015. Following a portion of his presentation focused on HBO's domestic business, during which he cited significant growth opportunities inside the pay-TV universe, Plepler then turned to the current ten million broadband-only homes, which is projected to grow.

Plepler then added: "That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped. It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO.

"So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them."

Internet, Meet The Latest Crazy Cat Person: The Cat Man From Kyushu

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Internet, Meet The Latest Crazy Cat Person: The Cat Man From Kyushu
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Japan's latest cat-obsessed citizen is a retiree who goes by the name, "Kyushu Neko Ojisan" (The Cat Man from Kyushu). He's been drawing a crowd in Tokyo while walking his nine cats in a baby stroller. He loves to see the smiles on people's faces as they stop to pet his cats, and they seem to be perfectly content with all the affection and attention.

Follow the Cat Man from Kyushu on Twitter or Facebook for more updates and pictures!

The Jim Henson Company is Working on a Labyrinth Sequel

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The Jim Henson Company is Working on a Labyrinth Sequel
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There's no information besides that it exists but that's still exciting!

Scumbag Comcast Got a Man Fired by Contacting His Employer About His Complaint

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Scumbag Comcast Got a Man Fired by Contacting His Employer About His Complaint
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The Consumerist reports that a man known as Conal complained to Comcast after he was billed for services he didn't actually have. After Conal's complaint, the company promised him extra television channels as a make-good but instead sent him a variety of equipment he didn't need.

Conal complained to Comcast again after he was billed $1,820 for the surplus hardware. This is where things get interesting. Conal, who says he works for a large American accountancy firm, compiled a spreadsheet showing every erroneous charge he had received from Comcast, which he sent to the company.

Comcast then apparently refused to reverse the error, so in February 2014, Conal decided to try something else. Being an accountant, Conal contacted Comcast's comptroller, the office that looks after the company accounts. He said he repeatedly called them about his bill, telling them that Comcast should be investigated by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

The Consumerist says that after this, Comcast got in touch with Conal's employer.

At some point shortly after that call, someone from Comcast contacted a partner at the firm to discuss Conal. This led to an ethics investigation and Conal's subsequent dismissal from his job; a job where he says he'd only received positive feedback and reviews for his work.

Terrible customer service from Comcast has itself become a meme and was recently highlighted by making a man wait on hold until the office closed and by a customer service rep refusing to cancel a man's service.

Read the full story at Ars Technica.