Comcast Launches New Internet Plus Plan Including HBO, Local Channels
October 25, 2013 10:05 AM
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Comcast steps closer to unbundling HBO
Cable television network HBO is locked in a battle with other pay television channels and internet streaming companies like Netflix. HBO has its own streaming offering called HBO Go, but it's not available as a standalone product. The only way to get HBO Go is to subscribe to HBO via a participating cable or satellite television provider.
The big problem, however, is that many people don't want to subscribe to cable when all they really want is HBO content.
Comcast is coming to the rescue with a new internet plan called “Internet Plus” that will give consumers access to HBO and local television channels without having to subscribe to cable. The plan gives access to HBO, local channels, plus video on demand along with a 25 Mbps broadband connection.
The service is offered on a 12-month plan for about $40 per month. After the promotional period, the price will reportedly increases the price as high as $80. The good news is there are no long-term contracts required so if the price goes up more than you want to spend you can always cancel.
HBO and cable providers need to do something to stay on level footing with Netflix.
Netflix recently hit the 30 million subscriber mark
according to estimates potentially putting it ahead of HBO in the U.S. for subscriber numbers.
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RE: uh, great?
10/25/2013 11:00:22 AM
Seconded. However, it's not their fault. They are only passing down the same bundles that the content providers give them. They can't help if Viacom wants to subsidize 20 shitty, niche channels with 5 good ones or Disney who needs to create 10 of the same channels that replay the same shit over and over again instead of creating one or two with varied programming.
Then when confronted with this absolutely anti-consumer policy, the content providers start throwing out terms like "discrimination" since niche channels like BET and the LGBT Networks won't survive in an a la carte ecosystem.
If they can't survive on their own, then they shouldn't exist. But then again, I guess I'm a bigot.
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