HBO CTO resigns as streaming service is outsourced

After internal struggles and problems getting their new streaming-only service off the ground, HBO has shifted strategies entirely and will be licensing the technology rather than attempting to build it in-house.

According to Fortune the hope is to debut the service along with the season premiere of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. This would mean a launch date sometime in April of 2015.

Chief Technology Officer Otto Berkes has resigned and Project Maui, which was intended to build HBO’s own streaming service has been scrapped.

The development of the streaming service had been plagued with troubles. In addition to issues with the technology itself, the work Berkes had done on HBO Go had been criticized. The current subcribed-only streaming service had encountered troubles earlier in the year when it suffered outages during episodes of popular shows such as Game of Thrones and True Detective. Berkes reportedly was aware of the potential issues but refused to act upon them. Additionally the CTO had been accused of forming a virtual internal fiefdom in his Seattle office, creating a toxic corporate culture and costing the company $100 million annually.

Economist Christian Broda chimes in that with an increasing amount of customers ditching cable and Netflix developing original content, a solid streaming service is seen as critical to HBO’s future.

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