Royal Oak, MI
said by longtimecabl :Thanks for the explanation.
No. Having worked in the cable industry for years and having dined with HBO reps multiple times much of their income comes in the form of say a free promotion. If you get HBO free for 3, 6, or 12 mo the cable company uses that tactic to convince people that higher priced packages are a great value (and believe me it works every time) Comcast i.e. still is paying HBO X amount of dollars for their channel. Very, very few people have HBO a la carte anymore. Typically they are part of a bundle or package that includes HBO. Their churn is pretty high since most people a la carte subscribe just for a certain show i.e Game of Thrones and then drop HBO. The cable company promos allow HBO to get recurring revenue throughout the year. i.e. Same thing would happen if it was a la carte. The risk is just too great and makes no business sense. You don't go after the pennies when you have gold bars on auto delivery. Likewise if they did not have this revenue the wild risky shows they do try that end up being amazing would never be greenlit. i.e Girls
Royal Oak, MI
Re: HBO is too damn expensive
said by newview:I agree and it's not just HBO, all premium channels are that way. When Dish gave Starz for free a couple of years ago, we didn't watch much, only the series. All of the movies we wanted to watch were already watched because we rented the dvd/bd earlier. Same with all the others, movies were already watched due to previous rentals. IMO, if it wasn't for the series these channels are creating, their subscriber numbers would be a whole lot lower.
Every time DirecTV has a Free HBO Weekend, it just reminds me how overpriced and redundant HBO is.
I even got it free for 3 months once time ... and hardly ever watched it.
Re: Stop all the redundancy!
said by silbaco:They won't because if they did all the haters would claim Netflix is "raising" prices. They already dealt enough with that kind of bullshit before.
Problem with that is that Netflix is unwilling to raise the price or charge a premium for anyone. If Netflix did it for HBO, other content providers would want the same deal and Netflix would be up a creek.
Without a premium charge, Netflix can't pay HBO what they want. So we are stuck where we are.
Upper Marlboro, MD
They will charge more If HBO eventually offers HBO as a standalone unit, they will most likely charge more than what you would normally pay for it on a cable service.