With a dearth of Game of Thrones news, I thought this recent development in the world of cable news was worth a post. Many here have complained about HBO GO being restricted to HBO subscribers only. And while that is still the case, this new cable/internet package being offered by Comcast seems to hint at a future where an internet subscription and an HBO GO streaming subscription may be packaged together.
The package offered by Comcast is called “Internet Plus” and it offers 25 Mbps internet as well as 45 basic cable channels and, most importantly, HBO. The cost? $39.95 a month.
The Verge writes:
The package is essentially what many cord cutters, and Game of Thrones fans, have been asking for: a way to legally watch their favorite shows online over a speedy internet connection, without paying for expensive, full-scale TV packages that they never watch. To get a sense of how little the basic TV service adds to the cost of Internet Plus, one needs only to look at Comcast’s other $39.99 package. That deal is made up of the same 25 Mbps internet connection paired with telephone service — with no television or streaming video options at all.
Some caveats apply: it appears that this is a temporary deal available only to new subscribers. And after one year the cost jumps up to $69.95 a month. Still, it is likely the cheapest legal way to watch Game of Thrones as it airs. And it is one step closer to that elusive HBO GO-only subscription.
Winter Is Coming: This would actually be a great deal for me, as I’m currently paying around $50 a month for just the internet. Unfortunately, I don’t have Comcast in my area. Hopefully something similar will come to a cable provider near me in time for Thrones. Would this deal be of interest to you if you could get it? Or do you want something even cheaper?