Facebook may be thinking about getting into the pay-TV market similar to Amazon. According to a new report, the company will soon be selling HBO subscriptions and will also allow users to watch the cable network through its own apps. It’s apparently in talks with major cable networks for this initiative, including HBO.
It looks like Facebook is talking to pay TV networks like Showtime, Starz, and HBO about selling their streaming services through its platform. If you buy subscriptions, you would be able to stream these networks on Facebook itself, most likely through the Facebook Watch platform. It may also be possible for subscribers to stream their preferred cable network on another device like a set-top box.
Amazon has been doing this for a while now and Apple is expected to start doing this in 2019, so the idea isn’t new. So it is no surprise if Facebook decides to get in on the action as well. Facebook has reportedly been talking about a potential deal with HBO and the others for a few months now. It wants to launch this product in the first half of 2019. We will have to see if it really happens at that time.