GoT earned the dubious distinction of being the most-pirated TV show of 2012, and HBO hopes to counteract that trend by releasing new episodes to worldwide audiences soon after their U.S. debut.
But that won't really help Americans thirsting for more HBO, especially cord cutters.
To help make it easier to get HBO content stateside, there are reports that HBO is toying with the idea of decoupling the HBO Go streaming service from traditional cable subscriptions.
Disney-owned ABC is also looking at bowing to the desires of an increasingly online audience with a new live-streaming app for mobile devices, according to reports. But ABC's plan would still require a cable subscription similar to streaming apps from other Disney channels including ESPN.
On-demand streaming may be the future for original content, with Netflix and Amazon showing the way. However, popular content producers, including HBO and the major networks, are still stuck between the old business model--deals with cable companies and big advertising contracts--and the new individual subscriber model growing in popularity online.
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.