Services requiring a cable/satellite/telco TV login
Thanks to the cable and satellite industries' TV Everywhere initiative, much of the video that you get with a pay-TV subscription is now available online with a login from your service provider. While mooching a login from friends or family isn't technically allowed, TV networks haven't made much of an effort to stop it.
HBO Go allows up to three simultaneous streams, according to a January GigaOM report. That same article cites HBO CEO Richard Plepler as saying password sharing is a great form of promotion, even though HBO Go's terms technically forbid the practice.
Showtime Anytime has some hard limits on usage, at least according to this Xbox troubleshooting page. The total number of devices--including set-top boxes, consoles and Web logins--is capped at five, and only three simultaneous streams are allowed among those devices.
Turner channels (TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and CNN) have no limits on simultaneous users, at least according to Cox.
Viacom channels (CMT, LOGO, MTV, VH1, BET and Comedy Central) also enforce no concurrent stream limits, according to Cox.
Now if you haven't cut the cord because you're still waiting for your service provider to offer an a la carte menu that will let you pick and choose which channels you're willing to pay for, you shouldn't hold your breath. That's not likely to happen any time soon.
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