“Showtime is gaining on HBO, says the New York Times: Showtime’s subscriber numbers have gone from 13.8 million in 2005 to 21.3 million today, while HBO has stayed right around 29 million, and Homeland is much beloved. But HBO still has at least one major advantage in that it brings in “slightly more than $1 billion a year.”
Damn, a billion! Showtime brings in just south of $700 million. Now, if HBO would offer an Internet streaming option for its original programming for like $5-$7 per month, they could probably make twice that.