Do you love Game of Thrones? What about True Blood? Maybe you want to watch future HBO shows but can’t afford the cable subscription or think that you won’t make use of it. If that is the case, Comcast has recently created a bundle that offers HBO shows without a cable subscription. That is correct, a bundle. On Thursday it became known that Comcast would be offering a plan it calls “Internet Plus.”
This “Internet Plus” bundle comes with, you guessed it, internet. The speed that comes with this plan varies slightly but for most people is 20 or 25 Mbps in addition to receiving HBO. The HBO shows do not have to be watched with the internet and can go directly to the TV without a cable subscription.
The price on this “Internet Plus” deal may also vary slightly depending on your location. It is of course possible that Comcast won’t provide depending on your location, but for the majority of customers it will be $39.99 per month. However, this deal is only available for new Comcast customers and the price increases after the first 12 months. Current Comcast customers will likely have to pay the more expensive price from the start, which for many is $65.95 but may vary in price depending on your location.
The bundle comes included with XFINITY Streampix and channels you would receive with Limited Basic TV as well. Additional premium channels can be added for an extra cost but for some it may be worth it because this plan does not come with some popular channels many enjoy such as ESPN. This bundle also does not include DVR service, meaning those of you that have grown accustomed to rewinding and pausing shows will be sadly disappointed. HBO Go is included with the bundle which is another way of watching HBO. For example, with HBO Go you can watch your favorite HBO shows on your iPhone, Xbox 360, Roku player, and other devices.
Comcast is hoping that this new bundle will boost their number of customers and put up a fight with Netflix and the commanding force it now has under its belt. Most HBO fans are hoping that this bundle is a step closer to Comcast offering HBO Go without a bunch of extra costs and features added on. It is possible that HBO Go will not become a stand alone product due to how high the demand is for it, many people will buy extra features only because they have to in order to get HBO Go.
For current Comcast customers this may not be something interesting but for new customers this may be the opportunity necessary for individuals to create a stronger bond with the library of excellent HBO shows. It is true that Comcast isn’t offering HBO without a cable subscription but they are still attaching other offers and features to HBO and HBO Go. The odds of Comcast offering HBO and HBO Go without other features bundled on top of it are low and unless they become terribly desperate to make money it likely won’t happen.
Written By: Garrett Jutte