As of last week, the HBO GO streaming service is free to students living in residence halls. Those with access can enjoy the service both on and off campus.
“We’ve seen the viewing habits [of students] change with Netflix and online streaming services,” said Travis Cook, the deputy chief technology officer for Information Technology. “They have just exploded.”
Cook said the goal behind the project was to give students something he knew they would enjoy.
Noah Hutchinson, a first-year pre-major, said he loved the new HBO GO service.
“I’ve been trying to find an excuse to watch ‘Game of Thrones’ and now I have it,” Hutchinson said.
Cook said the decision to make the streaming service available to students was a “no-brainer.”
“This was an opportunity for us to add to that viewing genre without any cost to the university and not really any effort on the university’s part,” Cook said.
Cook said the service has come at no cost to the university or its students because HBO is already available to residence halls through the cable network provider. HBO GO is a complimentary service that HBO offers to its subscribers.
The reaction to the streaming service from the students has been overwhelmingly positive. Many took to Twitter to share their enthusiasm.
Students living in TCU off-campus housing do not have access to this service. This includes GrandMarc apartments, because the cable network is not the same as TCU’s.
Junior pre med-sociology major Ried Mackay said he understands the situation with the different networks but is hopeful that GrandMarc will jump on the bandwagon. Mackay said that it would “add to the perks of living in GrandMarc.”