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: LOL What a joke
10/25/2013 2:12:53 PM
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
10/25/2013 5:26:10 PM
I see what you're saying. I do think that even at $80, it's still a good deal.
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