Mar 5, 2015 · 1 minute

Comcast appears to be incapable of not screwing over its customers.

The company is preventing PlayStation 4 owners from using the new HBO Go app that debuted Tuesday. And it's not the first time the company has made it difficult for customers to watch a service they already pay for, as the Verge notes in today's report:

Every other cable company has a history of playing nicely with HBO and letting customers watch the streaming service on smartphones, set-top boxes, and game consoles. But not Comcast. It took Roku and Comcast forever to reach a deal that opened the gates to HBO Go. Amazon still hasn't even gotten there with Fire TV. And this isn't the first time Sony and Comcast have butted heads. You still can't watch HBO Go on the PlayStation 3 app that launched an entire year ago.
Imagine this scenario. Someone who lives in a town where Comcast is the only option for a broadband connection has subscribed to its Internet service. They've also purchased an Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 3, or PlayStation 4. (They're using someone else's HBO Go password until HBO Now debuts.) Shouldn't they be able to watch "Game of Thrones"?

Apparently the answer is "No" because one company that takes their money every month (Comcast) can't reach a deal with another company that took their money (Amazon, Sony) to stream content from another company (HBO) that also gets paid every single month.

Comcast does some pretty dickish things. Weakening consumer security by injecting ads into their Web browsers, turning their home routers into public WiFi hotspots, attempting to set the United States' infrastructure back even further by merging with its only rival...

But it's still pretty amazing that it's able to flat-out prevent its customers from enjoying a service for which they have paid at least three companies to access. It just astounds me. And unless someone in government finally stands up to the company, it seems like it's going to get away with doing evil things until it eventually, I dunno, rules the Earth.

George R.R. Martin might appreciate that storyline. Everyone else, however, will be stuck wondering what happened on last night's Game of Thrones.

[illustration by Brad Jonas]