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HBO Now Standalone Service Launches in April Exclusively on Apple Devices

After years of complaining from people who didn’t have or couldn’t afford cable (or whose parents refused to give them their HBO Go password), HBO is finally delivering a standalone streaming service, HBO Now. Today, the company announced some of its availability details, including pricing and when and where it will be available.

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Boxing Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Agrees to Fight Manny Pacquaio for World Welterweight Title in May

Undefeated professional boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is returning to the ring in May.

The 37-year-old Grand Rapids native, now of Las Vegas, has agreed to box Manny Pacquaio in a welterweight world championship unification bout on May 2 to be broadcast live on pay-per-view.

The fight is to be at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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The Mountain From ‘Game Of Thrones’ Lifts 1,400 Pounds [Video]

If you're a fan of HBO's "Game of Thrones," then you might know its character The Mountain.

He's been featured off and on since the show's first season by various actors, but in the most recent season was portrayed by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.

The 26-year-old from Iceland has had an incredibly impressive strongman career.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Lisa Kudrow Talks ‘The Comeback’ and Mean Tweets [Audio/Video]

We were joined on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" today by actress, comedian, writer and producer Lisa Kudrow.

While she is best known for her role as Phoebe Buffay in the NBC sitcom "Friends," she called in to promote her work on the HBO series "The Comeback," which airs Sundays at 10 p.m.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Signs Cast Through Season 7

'Game of Thrones' has drawn plenty of additional buzz in season 5 diverging from its literary roots, but those worried about the HBO fantasy drama's future can rest assured for at least a few years. Not only has the series officially been renewed through a sixth season in 2016, but is principle stars have now signed through season 7 as well.

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HBO to Offer Standalone Streaming Service in 2015

HBO subscriptions have been something of a running joke through the TV industry, with a great many of the network's loyal fans sharing HBOGO passwords to avoid expensive cable packages, previously the only mean with which to watch shows like 'Game of Thrones' or 'True Detective.' Now, the company has finally acquiesced, and announced an independent streaming service due out in 2015.

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‘The Sopranos’ David Chase Finally Clears Up Series Ending: Did Tony Die?

The ending to HBO's magnum TV opus 'The Sopranos' has remained a source of debate over the last seven years, as fans and viewers analyze every sound and frame of series finale "Made in America" for a clue to Tony Soprano's ultimate fate. Now, despite a near-decade of refusals, series creator David Chase may finally have revealed if Tony Soprano lived or died.

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Catch Up on ‘Game of Thrones’ Before the Next Season in Three Minutes!

Game of Thrones is the biggest show ever for HBO, and if you haven't seen it, you're missing out!

Before the new season gets here, you can fix that, though, by watching this video.  It will catch you up on all the main characters, major plot points, even some minor plot points.  And if it doesn't make you laugh, you probably have absolutely NO idea what the show and books are about.

So, really, this is funniest for those of you who love the show, and want to confuse your friends.  It's awesome.  Enjoy.

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Queen Elizabeth Visits the Iron Throne at the ‘Game of Thrones’ Belfast Studio

For those hoping Queen Elizabeth would one day sit on the Iron Throne, we're gonna spoil you now and say not at the moment. But she did visit the 'Game of Thrones' studio in Belfast, Ireland, for a meet and greet with some of the cast and crew of HBO's hit fantasy drama, and to glare at the famous seat of Westeros.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: MSNBC Hosts Fail When Describing ‘Game Of Thrones’ [Video]

You would think that if someone was going to do a news piece about something, they would do some research beforehand to have something of a grasp on what they were talking about.

Not these idiots on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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Stephen Hawking is Funnier Than You Think

John Oliver has a show on HBO called Last Week Tonight, and has started a series of interviews of people with "good brains".  He calls it, "People Who Think Good", and he starts it off, appropriately, with Stephen Hawking.

Who'd have thought the legendary genius would be as funny as he is?
Oliver: Is there a possible parallel universe where I'm smarter than you?
Hawking: Yes.  There's also one where you're funny.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Ragtime Version of ‘Game Of Thrones’ Theme [Video]

You might watch HBO's "Game Of Thrones" because you're a fan of the books and are excited to see that brought to the screen. You might also watch it for the action, nudity or to see if your favorite character you love to hate is going to be finally killed off.

Either way, you know you get excited when the opening theme starts and you're about to witness 60 minutes of one of the best television shows on right now.

Well, The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jazz Band has put a jazz spin on the earworm theme of "Game Of Thrones."

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