WSJ Writer Proclaims He Got HBO Sans Cable...Except Not
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:
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.