August 5th, 2014
Reminder: You still canâ€™t get HBO without paying for other TV channels, too.
But youÂ canÂ still get a cheapish package that includes HBO, some other TV channels and broadband Internet for $50 or less, per month, depending on where you live.
This public service announcement is prompted by aÂ BloombergÂ report noting that HBO is considering pushingÂ more of the deals they debuted last fall, when they worked with Comcast to offer a â€œskinny bundleâ€ of TV + broadband for $40 or $50 a month.
The broader gist of the report is that HBO is very important to Time Warner, andÂ now to Rupert Murdoch, too,Â and that Time Warner wants to prove it can add more HBO subscribers. More on that in a second.
First, a reminderÂ of what HBO offers today: Generally, pay TV companiesÂ market HBO as a premium service thatâ€™s only available if youâ€™re already paying for a bunch of other TV channels. Which means youâ€™re already shelling out more than $100 a month before you can qualify to binge on â€œGame of Thronesâ€ and the rest.
But starting last fall,Â Comcast began offering packages which let you get Internet access, a couple dozen channels and HBOÂ for $40 or $50 a month. The cable giant* has stopped pushing the offers. But it turns out it sells them â€” you just need to poke around a bit tofind them.
NowÂ AT&TÂ andÂ VerizonÂ are marketing similar deals, with a little more visibility.