Just in time for Christmas, Comcast has decided to give many of its customers a nice present. It's unlocking the HBO Go and Showtime Anytime apps for Roku users. Until now, Comcast customers couldn't access those apps on their Roku gadgets.
Customers from other Internet and TV providers have already been able to get HBO Go and Showtime Anytime on their streaming boxes. But, this is still a big win for a lot of people out there, because Comcast is the largest Internet and TV service provider in the country. Comcast posted a blog on its website announcing that the change should go into effect today. Roku users still need a cable or Internet subscription that includes HBO Go and/or Showtime to access the apps, but that could change soon.
The HBO Go/Showtime Anytime blackout stems from a disagreement between Roku and Comcast, but there aren't any details available letting us know what the dispute was about. Comcast customers could already watch the two apps on other streaming boxes like Apple TV. Customers
The two companies reached a deal on Nov. 25, after negotiating for “several months,” an attorney for Roku told the Federal Communications Commission in a filing Monday.
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