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Plenty of options for HBO online, not enough time

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HBO Now, the cable channel’s new stand-alone streaming service, is both a blessing and a curse. Like HBO Go, the app that cable and satellite TV subscribers have, HBO Now gives you instant access to new TV episodes and movies, along with programs from months and years ago. People who don’t subscribe to cable TV are now able to watch hit shows such as “Game of Thrones” and “Girls” without “borrowing” parents’ accounts or turning to piracy sites. The curse?…

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 eps leaked hours before premiere

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Some people just cannot wait. Make that almost a million people. Game of Thrones season five, set to premiere on HBO Sunday evening, began emerging from piracy networks and downloaded more than three-quarter million times. The pirated copies appeared on torrent sites around 10 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday, only a day before its official launch. Through 7 a.m. Sunday, more than 550,000 individual clients leaked the first four episodes of GoT worldwide, reports Todd Spangler of Variety. Copyright intelligence firm Excipio estimates that…

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