HBO has been riding a wave with Game of Thrones, the most popular TV series ever. Though it is not the only very popular series by this premium cable and satellite TV network by any means.
Factor into the super popular basket The Sopranos (up until GOT’s the most popular ever), True Detective, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire etc, etc, all of them winning series and huge money spinners for HBO. And they want it to stay that way.
You see for a host of reasons New Yorkers love getting together in bars and watching sport or their favorite TV shows. What’s not to like, great company, booze and eats and terrific TV? Except HBO doesn’t want you to do it.
They have sent a legal cease and desist letter to Videology, a Williamsburg combination bar, cinema club, rental store, and small business, which has been running a GOT’s get togethers every Sunday since Season 5 got underway a week ago.
HBO’s argument is they run a private subscription service and therefore no one should publicly profit from their content. Now Videology actually does has a HBO subscription, so they must be comnplaining about the food and booze profits. Will HBO now go after other NYC bars showing GOT’s, there are at least 7 of them? Will AMC similarly come down on Videology for their Mad Men evenings as HBO has?
What is clear is New Yorkers love being communal. Apparently most of the Videology crowd actually have a HBO subscription of their own, they just like watching their favorite show when part of a crowd of fellow GOT’s lovers. HBO you might be legally in the right, but one thing is for sure. New Yorkers totally love watching stuff on big screens in bars with their friends. Do you really, really want to piss off an entire city?