As most of our readers know, you still can't just get HBO's streaming service without subscribing to cable TV, a caveat that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. From the kind-of-weird story department comes this story from the Wall Street Journal's Martin Peers who proudly proclaims he "achieved the impossible": he was able to order an HBO and broadband package from his ISP (Verizon) without having to subscribe to cable.
Yes, somehow Peers was able to get standalone HBO without cable, something he insists was a "triumph of the modern media age." The problem? He still technically has cable:
quote:Here is how I did it. When I called Verizon 10 days ago to disconnect my phone and TV, sticking only with broadband, the customer service representative persuaded me to keep 20 “basic” channels – such as the broadcast networks – in exchange for a $5 a month discount off my broadband price of $84.99 (pricey, but for the ultrafast 75 mbps speed tier).
All Peers appears to have done is to sign up for a limited-time promotional offer that bundles a small cable package he just happens not to watch. While smaller cable bundles tied to HBO appear to be the new industry promotion du jour (we recently were the first to unearth a similar Comcast offer launching this month), that's not even remotely close to being a real HBO-only cord cutter's dream.
"Maybe your headline should read 'How I Did the Possible: I Subscribed to HBO,'" suggests a Wall Street Journal commenter.
I don't even get why he had to point out the "technicality" of the Cable Act. Every single cable provider (and satellite, for that matter) is more than happy to sell you HBO if you have any level of service. He makes it out as if you normally have to have the highest tier to get HBO. The only actual catch is you have to get some kind of decoding device to watch it.
2013-Nov-5 12:42 pm: ·
matcarl Premium join:2007-03-09 Franklin Square, NY
Re: lame street journal
Correct, why is this even a story? As long as someone has Broadcast Basic, they can subscribe to any premium channel they want. But Broadcast Basic is not that cheap anymore, running from $15-20 a month depending on the provider.
I was able to get Blast! Internet + HBO for $49.95 a few months ago on Comcast. Its a promotion sure but its pretty good. I think it goes to $59 in 6 months and HBO stays on once the promo price is up.
I'm on the digital economy tier which is essentially Basic + HBO. With the speed I get from Blast !+ which is 50mbps/10mbps IMO its pretty much like I'm getting basic and HBO for free.
2013-Nov-5 1:11 pm: ·
RRedline Rated R Premium join:2002-05-15 Williamsport, PA
Re: Some pretty close deals out there though
I have something similar. I called Comcast about two months ago to cancel TV and just keep Internet, but they gave me a promotional rate on basic TV (but with HBO) and upgraded my Internet speeds. I think I pay around $70 per month now for both.
For those who just want to save some money, it might be worth a shot calling your provider and ask about cancelling TV. Comcast was more than willing to give me a promotional rate to keep me as a TV subscriber. I really think they are just desperate to keep their reported subscriber numbers as high as possible. -- One nation, under Zod!
Actually, though, if they'd drop HBO from the "deal" and the $15 it costs--thus reducing the bill to, like, $25 [initial, trial period--for a year; plus taxes & fees obviously], then I'd like it much better. (HBO, no-go)
In the world of "real" journalism (per Senator Feinstein), writers don't pen the headline, that is left to the editors.
Peers is trying to articulate that he isn't paying for "cable" channels, which is what most people "pay" for, in markets where broadcast channels are free OTA, while championing a favorite topic here, unbundled and unleashed premium IP streaming services.