NEW HBO BOXING MOBILE SERVICE MARKS A NEW TECHNOLOGICAL ERA FOR THE SWEET SCIENCE
By Niall Doran
As the buzz around the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight circulates the world like the most forceful tornado known to man, HBO has used this platform to announce their latest service. Their CEO, Richard Piepier revealed earlier this week that HBO will be unveiling their “new cable-free streaming service,” which will be available in early April, 2015 according to Engadget.
With the service making its debut streaming the first episode of the new Game of Thrones season, it is getting a very high-profile debut to say the least. But what does this mean for boxing fans? Well, in short, it means that we’ll now be able to watch fights that are airing on the channel on our mobile devices.
There’s been a huge shift in emphasis on digital services by HBO of late because of the increased adoption of smartphones and tablets in the market. With approximately 58% of people living in the United States now owning a smartphone, it was only a matter of time before HBO launched a premium streaming service. Mobile Internet is now regarded as one of the major players when it comes to Internet penetration according the operators of online portal PocketFruity. Because of this trend, HBO needed to bring a service to the market that appealed to the current trend of smartphone usage.
With HBO already having high-profile international fights scheduled to air on the channel, it means owners of Apple devices can now watch them on the go. The service will be available for $14.99 per month and anyone who decides to apply for the service in April, they will receive at 30-day trial for free.
Here are just some of the upcoming fights that are scheduled to air on HBO in the coming months:
April 25: Wladimir Klitschko vs Brent Jennings (Heavyweight)
May 2: Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao (Welterweight)
May 9: Canelo Alvarez vs James Kirkland (Super Welterweight)
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