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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.

Source: DSLR Reports

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RE: LOL What a joke
By Flunk on 10/25/2013 11:59:40 AM , Rating: -1
You do understand that one of things you're complaining about in your rant is that they shut off your ability to steal cable right?

RE: LOL What a joke
By MrBlastman on 10/25/2013 12:13:51 PM , Rating: 5
I'm not upset about them closing that loophole years ago. Not at all. I accepted that at the time and went from there. If you read my whole point you'd get that it wasn't until after many years of price increases and fighting with them I grew fed up and left.

Oh, and I was never stealing cable to begin with. If I PAY for internet via cable and am able to watch stuff on that same cable, then what am I taking? I'm just using what they are feeding me through the pipe. At the time, they were feeding it. Eventually, they cut it off. At that time I started paying.

Now, if I had STILL figured out a way to get what they cut off, well, then that would be stealing. I never did that. I ate what I was fed till the hand said pay it... and then I did.

Besides, if all you got out of my post was I was upset about them taking away my way to get free channels then you completely missed the point.

RE: LOL What a joke
By JDHammer on 10/25/2013 12:45:25 PM , Rating: 2
Well, what did you expect from comcrap? =P

Switching to Verizon was the best thing I did and i've got no regrets.

But why need TV when all ya got is the internet and MWO? ;-)

RE: LOL What a joke
By MrBlastman on 10/25/2013 2:15:04 PM , Rating: 2
But why need TV when all ya got is the internet and MWO? ;-)

Exactly! ;) :)

I get to smash robits all night long with my pee pee cees and lasers. If I don't like someone on the other side... I get to make them go boom!

Interactive fun ftw!

RE: LOL What a joke
By Freakie on 10/27/2013 11:30:10 PM , Rating: 1
I actually love Verizon. They've been offering 50Mbps download, 20Mbps upload for 6 months now, and for the year before that it was 30 down and 15 up, which also includes basic cable all for $40 a month (and when we signed up, we got 3 months of HBO for free). Price went up to $60 after 6 months, $80 after that. But one the great thing about Comcast is that their sales people are just fine with giving existing customers those "promotion" prices and are easy to haggle with, the other great thing is that none of these prices are contract, unlike Verizon and AT&T who have a promotional starting price but lock you in a contract and that promotional price only lasts half the length of your contract. We started at the 30/15 plan, got a free permanent upgrade to 50/20, and got a free 3 month upgrade to 110/20. Currently pay $60 but get speeds that AT&T and Verizon cannot even hope to touch at that price (plus still have free basic cable).

Another great thing about Comcast is that they don't bat an eye if you use your own equipment/modem, and their online ordering system lets you chose that as an option. They also don't charge any installation fees, they just mailed us the TV box, and they have an online system to register your modem's MAC with them so you don't even need to talk to a rep. So no monthly payment for TV box or modem and I can use devices with the features and tools that I want without anything being locked down (for advanced networking setups with my router and custom router firmware). Also got a great deal on my modem on Craigslist, does both RJ-11 and RJ-45 and has a 6 hour backup battery... for $35. I literally could not be happier with any other company for only $60 a month. (coming from AT&T and TimeWarner, of the two TimeWarner was better price wise but service was the least reliable)

RE: LOL What a joke
By Freakie on 10/27/2013 11:40:59 PM , Rating: 1
Errr, I actually love Comcast, not Verizon, hah... Started off with I actually don't like Verizon but switched and yeah... heh...

RE: LOL What a joke
By mindless1 on 10/26/2013 4:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
They were never really offering that loophole, technicians were supposed to put a filter on your line that blocked the CATV frequencies.

While I don't have an opinion on the morality of watching something already on your cable line, it is considered stealing service because they were not offering it "free", rather specifically for pay. That's the law, not my opinion, though for them to successfully prosecute they'd probably have to produce proof they had caught you and instructed you not to do it.

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