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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 dgingerich on 10/25/2013 1:27:46 PM , Rating: 2
I agree Comcast is a bunch of cheats, but this deal doesn't sound too bad, really.

I have dealt with Comcast for the last decade as well, and AT&T Broadband and TCI before the mergers. With TCI, I had telephone, cable, and internet for $80/month. AT&T Broadband came in a took over, and I got the same thing for the same price, in addition to free long distance. Then Comcast came along and bought out AT&T broadband.

At first, my bill went up to $113/month for the same services about 4 months after the merger went through. I had also gained a cell phone in that time, so I decided to drop the phone service. My bill went back down to $85/month. Annoying, but not too terrible.

Over the next five years, I played a nice little game with them where they'd spike my bill, I'd drop cable for a couple months, and then pick up another promo deal. Then I switched to satellite and got TV for cheaper for a few years. My total bill of satellite, cable internet, and phone never exceeded $150/month.

Then I moved to a new apartment where satellite TV wasn't available. My roommate had to have TV, and HBO. I had to go with Comcast, with no other choices available. At first, I got a package, where cable on its own cost me $109/month. After 6 months, it went up to $157/month, for one TV, DVR, and HD programming. Really costly.

After a year, my roommate moved out, and I was stuck with the whole bill. After a few months of that, I finally cut the cord and canceled cable entirely. My favorite shows were nearly all available on Hulu, so the only reason I had cable was for Doctor Who. I decided getting it from Amazon Prime would be better than paying for cable.

After a few months, Comcast inevitably called and offered me a deal: my same internet (which is still running $70 for 50Mb) with digital cable, DVR, and HD for $100/month. I said OK, I'll give it a try. They said my DVR would arrive in the mail in a few days. A month later, my bill goes up, but no cable box. I called their customer service, and after 6 hours of bouncing around between CS reps, supervisors, and sales, they informed me I had only signed up for digital cable, no DVR or HD, and I was supposed ot provide my own box. I said "no way" and cancelled back to just internet again.

In short, they aren't just financially raping us, they're now cheating (false advertising, bait and switch) in their ways of doing it.

Now, as far as this deal goes, even the after promo price sounds pretty good. I'm just interested in the HBO content, and my internet is already $70/month. It might be half the speed of what I get, but I haven't been using that for quite a while. I may try it out. Basically, it's HBOGO for $10/month. That sounds good to me, if they aren't using their bait and switch tactics again.


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