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Comcast To Allow Roku Users Access To HBO, Showtime

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At long last, Roku owners who subscribe to Comcast will have access to HBO and Showtime—just in time for the holidays.

A dispute between Roku and the pay-TV provider has kept Comcast services off of Roku gadgets. But according to a filing Recode discovered Monday, the dispute is soon to be over. According to the document the two companies submitted to the Federal Communications Commission, “Comcast has, among other things, agreed to authenticate the HBO Go and Showtime Anytime apps on Roku video streaming devices.”

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The filing notes the agreement was reached on November 25th, but does not say when the service will begin to become available. Right now, Comcast subscribers are the only Roku box owners who can’t use their product’s full functionality.

This isn’t the first time Comcast subscribers have had fewer TV opportunities than subscribers at other providers. For example, Comcast is blocking HBO Go for Amazon Fire TV owners who subscribe to Comcast, but no other provider is making this decision. Many Comcast users have no choice to subscribe to any other provider when they’re unhappy with service, such as when Comcast is the only provider in their area. 

Photo via HBO’s Game of Thrones

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