Friday, January 30, 2015
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Phillip Swann at TV Predictions notes that Verizon, Time Warner Cable and Cox have all recently either lowered the price of traditional HBO or are offering promotional HBO offers. The reason? They're likely trying to get out ahead of this year's release of a standalone HBO streaming option. The long-awaited option was announced last October and is expected to launch sometime around April. Of course many wonder if the ISPs themselves will be the ones selling the HBO streaming service, and I can't help but wonder if there will be any caveats to ease the impact on pay TV subscriber tallies (like requiring users subscribe to a certain price and speed tier of broadband service).
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The first thing I did when my family finally broke down and purchased internet service was disobey my mother. I'm sorry, Mom, but I made a ton of internet friends.
It was the late 90s, and parent groups were convinced the internet super highway was nothing short of a pedophile's gateway to fast and convenient kidnapping—chatrooms, forums and online communities were off limits "for my own good."
I spent those early days lurking around the "Luigi in Super Mario 64" Inside The Web message board; I wasted hours chasing rumors, making jokes and playing one of the best games of my childhood over and over. Eventually I moved on to some Pokemon forums, Something Awful and now, well, mostly just Facebook—but those chaotic online communities were a huge part of my youth.
The internet has changed since I was a child, but there are thousands of vibrant, active, wonderful (and sometimes terrible) communities out there. Tell us about your first, favorite online community—be it a message board, chatroom, listserv or gaming clan. Was it great? Was it embarrassing? Do you still keep in touch with the friends you made? Let's get nostalgic together.
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