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Verizon Joins Comcast, HBO in Offering $50 HBO, Broadband Bundle
by Karl Bode 05:41PM Wednesday Apr 16 2014 Tipped by Darknessfall See Profile
In recent months, both AT&T and Comcast have started offering consumers a $40 to $50 bundle that includes 18-25 Mbps broadband, twenty or so basic cable channels and HBO. The catch? The introductory price balloons quickly after six months to a year, and doesn't include a myriad of fees (or the cost of HD content or DVR rental).

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Not to be outdone Verizon has joined the not-quite-a-deal HBO bundle festivities. DSLReports reader Darknessfall See Profile directs our attention to the Verizon website, where Verizon is offering 50 Mbps broadband, HBO or Showtime, and an assortment of basic cable for $50, or $75 for a broader selection of cable TV content.

According to the fine print, the $50 package jumps to $73 a month after twelve months, and then to normal rates after 24 months. The $75 package jumps to $122 after twelve months and normal rates after 24 months. Again, neither includes the cost of DVR rentals, HD content or the bevy of assorted fees Verizon will add below the line.

While Verizon would probably like people to think this is a song being sung to cord cutters, like the AT&T and Comcast offers these really are aimed at luring new customers, then upselling them as soon as they're in the door.

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Kasoah

join:2013-08-20

looool

"according to the fine print, the $50 package jumps to $73 a month after twelve months, and then to normal rates after 24 months. The $75 package jumps to $122 after twelve months and normal rates after 24 months"
h4h4

dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
Premium
join:2001-04-27
Phoenix, AZ
kudos:4

let me guess

price good for a year, you're locked into contract for two with STEEP ETF!
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Despises any post with strings.

Darknessfall
Premium
join:2012-08-17
kudos:6

Re: let me guess

No contract required.

ctaranto

join:2011-12-14
MA

Not interesting

As a cord cutter, this is not interesting. The entire goal (for me) of CtC was to do away with below the line fees/taxes, ridiculous DVR rental prices, inflated content prices, and energy costs (removing 3 of those DVR boxes from my house saved me about $15/month).

I'm content with 75/35 FiOS, paying the quoted price (no taxes, fees, or surcharges).
ndwbr

join:2003-07-10
Atlanta, GA

Re: Not interesting

That's great for you - what about us poor slobs stuck on AT&T 6mbps DSL at $51/mo - wait, going up to $54/mo in May... as far as I'm concerned, a one-time charge of $67 for a DOCSYS 3.0 cable modem from Amazon and $39.99 for Comcast 25mbps for the next 12 months is a good deal (if you can put up with Customer no support!) I hope to be on Google Fiber in 12 months!

ctaranto

join:2011-12-14
MA

Re: Not interesting

said by ndwbr:

That's great for you - what about us poor slobs...

Posts are in the opinion of the writer. I don't think I need to keep saying "for me" and "in my opinion". If you have Comcast HSI available to you through this program, then you also have it available to you without this program. I don't see what you're trying to get at.

In addition, when my wife and I were looking for a house, good HSI (as well as good schools) were prerequisites. At the time, Comcast was the only show in down, but their internet service is decent in our area. FiOS moved in a couple years ago.
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
Reviews:
·ooma
·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS

retread

this is a re-tread of the dual play cable companies have offered. since loads of people are going either to VOIP (3rd party) or cell phone only. I can't recall if this is a better deal on the service price, but below the line fees from telcos usually tip the balance in favor of cable co's instead of telcos. Someone feel free to look it up...

on the other hand, you could just torrent (see thread about game of thrones piracy) the few HBO shows you like... and skip the sub fee and below the line fees.
elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
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·EarthLink

A step in the right direction

[Though I'm certain BiggA will claim its unfair to satellite providers that Verizon is allowed to bundle.]

While the $50 and $75 price points are misleading when you add the device fee and tax (especially our local "newly reduced" tax), offering FTTH and premium networks exclusive of traditional pay-tv networks at a fiber-only introductory rate - for a year - without contractual obligation, is meeting Time-Warner cable head-on, and beats the pants off anything Google is selling.