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HBO Pranks Computer Developer Who Publicly Asked for OTT Service

8 Apr, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel

"Big Pussy" and "Pauli" bookend select cast of "The Sopranos"

In 2012, Jake Caputo, a Chicago software designer, launched a website — www.takemymoneyhbo.com — challenging HBO to launch a standalone subscription streaming service similar to Netflix.

Prior to the April 7 rollout of HBO Now, the premium channel’s over-the-top video service, HBO invited Caputo to New York to interview him for the occasion.

What they didn’t tell Caputo was that they had also invited Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero, a fictional character on “The Sopranos” and played by Vincent Pastore, along with "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri (Tony Sirico), to intimidate him.

In an April 8 post, Caputo said it seemed strange HBO wanted to fly him to New York for the HBO Now launch.

“They lied to me. They tricked me. And I loved every minute of it,” Caputo wrote.

About the Author: Erik Gruenwedel

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