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12/09/2014 03:19 pm ET Updated Dec 11, 2014

HBO Wants To Launch Standalone Streaming Service In April: Report

HBO's new standalone streaming service is being prepped for an April 2015 launch, according to a Fortune report.

HBO wants to launch the service, which will not require a cable subscription, to coincide with the new season of "Game of Thrones," HBO's most successful show ever, with an average of 18.4 million viewers per episode, according to Deadline.

HBO did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post.

Fortune's report cites a leaked memo written by Mark Thomas, HBO's senior vice president of technology program management, and Drew Angeloff, HBO's senior vice president of digital products.

"Our top priority: Fully support the work needed to enable the external solution for April," the memo reads in part.

Fortune reports that HBO is outsourcing development of the new service to MLB Advanced Media amid corporate infighting about the state of HBO Go, the company's current digital service, available only to cable customers. That service suffered major technical problems earlier this year.

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