Monday, October 28, 2013

You Can Now Get HBO GO Without Paying for Other Channels

Fans of Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, The Wire, and Girls can finally get their HBO fix without being forced into 15 different versions of MTV and other wallet-sucking basic cable networks. And it’s coming from an unlikely source: Comcast. 

As originally reported by DSL Reports, Comcast is offering an Internet-HBO bundle without access to other cable channel add-ons. The Internet Plus offer brings together 25Mbps Internet access, Limited Basic TV, Comcast’s VOD service XFINITY Streampix, and everyone’s favorite network to bittorrent, HBO. The price is $40 to $50 a month for the first 12 months depending on your geographic location. Then of course it shoots up to $70 to $80 a month. 

The bundle finally frees HBO and HBO GO from the large number of obligatory channels that many cord cutters and cable subscribers never wanted in the first place. And while the $70 to $80 post-introductory offer may seem steep, it sets a precedent that other cable and satellite providers may start offering. 

In fact, depending on your market, it might actually be a good deal. In San Francisco, the introductory offer of $26/month for 25Mbps jumps up to $45 after six months. After 12 months that internet access could jump to $65/month depending on where you live. 

So Internet Plus might be a good deal if you’re a Comcast customer. And if you’re primarily interested in what happens in Westeros (as opposed to storage-unit bidding shows), it’s definitely a good deal. 


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