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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 MrBlastman on 10/25/2013 12:19:08 PM , Rating: 3
But that's the hilarity of it all. This ISN'T their first step. This is like step 15 of trying to figure out how to game their customers. What they are betting on is people forget after a year about their cable bill--and then jack the rate up 15/month over what they would have been paying... and then profit.

Comcast is a game--a casino. You play their game but the house always figures out a way to win.

This time around, though, I might throw a wager on the table. If I take them up on the 40/month hand well, I might hold the cards in my pocket but I'll never play them. They can give me HBO/basic but I highly doubt I'll ever hook the set-top box up to my smart TV that has Netflix on it. It has so many features on it as it is that I gain little benefit using Comcast's clunky interface. But, at least I'll be saving 25/month for a while. That's a cheap weekend activity or night out with the wife and kid once a month. A total win there.

Just make sure you mark your calendar for the expiration of the 12-month period.

RE: LOL What a joke
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/25/2013 12:35:08 PM , Rating: 1
Pay attention....

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.
It's called a, wait for it, PROMO....

RE: LOL What a joke
By MrBlastman on 10/25/2013 2:12:53 PM , Rating: 4
No crap. Of course I know it is a promo. What stinks is having to play the game repeatedly and at the same time, never knowing the true future costs (and current) for anything as Comcast does its best to obfuscate everything to sucker you in.

By cancelling cable completely I win all the time because my cost to watch over the air is zero.

That 80.00 target is just a potential number. Comcast more than likely will figure out a way to make it higher... much higher. So if I play the game (and I probably will) I'll have to mark it on the calendar like I said previously.

What if I wait another month or two? Comcast keeps dropping the promo price each time... This deal is just so low I don't see them taking a bigger loss.

RE: LOL What a joke
By Spuke on 10/25/2013 5:26:10 PM , Rating: 1
I see what you're saying. I do think that even at $80, it's still a good deal.

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