Many, many people are considering cutting the cord. And, as cable bills spiral ever upward and cable companies plan to merge their terrible customer service departments, it’s becoming more and more tempting. But what about HBO? Who wants to wait to watch Game of Thrones? Well, there’s good news on that front.
It’s Not TV, Or Cable TV For That Matter
As we all know, HBO is a “premium” service, meaning you can add it on top of your usual cable package for a fee. Which is usually ridiculous, but hey, that’s what bullying the retention department for a discount is for. But cable companies have noticed something: One, that even the promise of Tyrion Lannister isn’t slowing people dumping cable altogether and two, that HBO is not happy with losing subscribers. So they have a solution.
The Most Basic Of Packages
Essentially, most cable providers are now offering a package where you get HBO (and thus, HBO GO, their online streaming service only available to subscribers), and the most basic cable package you can get, which is essentially just the local OTA channels. It’s not something they’re eager to promote, because it makes them less money… but it’s still cheaper than paying for the full cable boat.
Fight For Your Right
That said, though, don’t expect them to talk up this option at all. Cable companies like money and they won’t officially list this on their website. Essentially, you’ll be assembling a custom package of products they already offer, and expect them to yammer on about discounts quite a bit. But if you’re persistent, you should be able to get exactly what you want, and no more, out of Comcast. Now if only they’d stop bundling channels, we might actually become interested in cable again.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.