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2014-07-22 12:38:17 PM
Let me know how it goes for you in the comments.

Maybe I'm just missing it, but I don't see a comments section.
 
2014-07-22 01:34:05 PM

timujin: Let me know how it goes for you in the comments.

Maybe I'm just missing it, but I don't see a comments section.


The comments tab is above the article. I know, it's a little unintuitive.
 
2014-07-22 01:34:47 PM
Comcast Customer Service Representatives will kick you in the nuts just for asking.
 
2014-07-22 01:36:05 PM

timujin: Let me know how it goes for you in the comments.

Maybe I'm just missing it, but I don't see a comments section.


It's a separate tab at the top of the article.

As for the article, you're paying for cable internet, obviously, but $75 for internet and HBO is only about $15 more than I'm paying right now for just internet, even assuming that the 10 other channels are just worthless religious/QVC channels.
 
2014-07-22 01:42:30 PM
Comcast would have to give it to me for free and send a hooker over every weekend with blow and beer before I would even consider becoming a customer again.

Too bad DirectTV doesn't do it.  I'd tell them that I didn't need the actual dish just access to HBOGo.
 
2014-07-22 01:42:55 PM

rugman11: timujin: Let me know how it goes for you in the comments.

Maybe I'm just missing it, but I don't see a comments section.

It's a separate tab at the top of the article.

As for the article, you're paying for cable internet, obviously, but $75 for internet and HBO is only about $15 more than I'm paying right now for just internet, even assuming that the 10 other channels are just worthless religious/QVC channels.


Yet, some people will complain that the $15 a month is still too expensive. Usually the "I don't want to pirate shows, and I'd totally pay for them if" crowd. Try as they might, HBO is not going to satisfy the wanting something for nothing crowd.
 
2014-07-22 01:46:39 PM
Im with comcast. Somehow our internet is cheaper if we got cable, so we did. And never bothered to hook it up. I will choose a torrent over cable every time.
 
2014-07-22 01:47:02 PM

stoli n coke: Yet, some people will complain that the $15 a month is still too expensive. Usually the "I don't want to pirate shows, and I'd totally pay for them if" crowd. Try as they might, HBO is not going to satisfy the wanting something for nothing crowd.


We buy HBO when GoT rolls around. We usually get a deal and cancelling is simple. This time we let it go a little longer because of HBO Go. They have all the seasons of all their shows available on demand, so we are just working our way through them. Much cheaper than buying multiple seasons of multiple shows we'll probably only watch once.
 
2014-07-22 01:49:01 PM
So it's Asanine for you to not have to spend $212 for HBO subby? Really?
 
2014-07-22 01:50:28 PM

420Gabriel: Im with comcast. Somehow our internet is cheaper if we got cable, so we did. And never bothered to hook it up. I will choose a torrent over cable every time.


We had that as well.  The "cable" that you get with the internet is what they call basic.  It consists of fewer than you can get by using an antennae and in standard definition.  There really is no point to it.
 
2014-07-22 01:52:30 PM
I wait for the blu-rays.

I really like GoT, but I'm not going to pay for cable at £21.50/month with a minimum 12 month contract (so around £258) just to get 10 TV epidodes.
 
2014-07-22 01:53:35 PM

gfid: Comcast would have to give it to me for free and send a hooker over every weekend with blow and beer before I would even consider becoming a customer again.

Too bad DirectTV doesn't do it.  I'd tell them that I didn't need the actual dish just access to HBOGo.


They used to do it, but people complained because they waited all afternoon and she never came.
 
2014-07-22 01:58:54 PM
Or you could find a friend that pays for HBO anyway and ask them to record 'Game of Thrones' for you on their VCR, borrow the tape and watch it on Monday night at home with your wife.Problem solved.
 
2014-07-22 01:59:19 PM

LZeitgeist: Or you could find a friend that pays for HBO anyway and ask them to record 'Game of Thrones' for you on their VCR, borrow the tape and watch it on Monday night at home with your wife.Problem solved.


What's that?
 
2014-07-22 01:59:29 PM
I'm having a hard time seeing what's "asinine" about this.  Seems like a great idea.
 
2014-07-22 02:00:14 PM
'Be sure to pay for cable'. Cable? A crummy commercial? Son of a biatch!
 
2014-07-22 02:03:53 PM
Whoo for Verizon, I was so glad when we moved into our house that we could finally switch from Comcast.
 
2014-07-22 02:04:26 PM

LZeitgeist: Or you could find a friend that pays for HBO anyway and ask them to record 'Game of Thrones' for you on their VCR, borrow the tape and watch it on Monday night at home with your wife.Problem solved.


Your lawn, I am staying off of it.
 
2014-07-22 02:05:28 PM
I do pay for cable.  At least until the package deal is up.  My mission to watch every HBOGO show I can in that time.
 
2014-07-22 02:10:27 PM

Detinwolf: I do pay for cable.  At least until the package deal is up.  My mission to watch every HBOGO show I can in that time.


Make sure you spend some extra time watching the Cathouse series.
 
2014-07-22 02:13:27 PM
So, if my internet is going to be $10 cheaper with phone and cable TV in addition to the internet I already have from them, what's stopping me from signing on and then just not being around when they show up to install it?

It serves the dual function of me saving a few bucks and getting to torment the installation department.
 
2014-07-22 02:13:31 PM

LZeitgeist: Or you could find a friend that pays for HBO anyway and ask them to record 'Game of Thrones' for you on their VCR, borrow the tape and watch it on Monday night at home with your wife.Problem solved.


Nice profile pic!

businesstech.co.za
 
2014-07-22 02:14:21 PM
The secret code word is "torrents".
 
2014-07-22 02:14:28 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: LZeitgeist: Or you could find a friend that pays for HBO anyway and ask them to record 'Game of Thrones' for you on their VCR, borrow the tape and watch it on Monday night at home with your wife.Problem solved.

What's that?


Assuming I have a friend with HBO and a VCR, then what?

Wave the tape in front of my computer and say "bit torrent, download this" like I'd offer a fugitive's sock to a blood hound?
 
2014-07-22 02:19:56 PM
Comcast just sucks, I looked at a friends bill the other day and they were paying $150+ for shiat internet and basic cable, then they sent a notice about how their rates were going up.
 
2014-07-22 02:23:09 PM
I have HBO without cable tv. 10 bucks a month to comcast. legit no cheating
 
2014-07-22 02:25:54 PM

steamingpile: Comcast just sucks, I looked at a friends bill the other day and they were paying $150+ for shiat internet and basic cable, then they sent a notice about how their rates were going up.


Yeah they do, I got conned into upgrading the speed of my internet a few months ago, and was told I would still pay the same each month, and I even get free basic cable with it and it wasn't some one year deal.  Now all of a sudden my bill has doubled, and I get told basically to fark off and deal with it.  Yeah, cable box is in my car to drop off as we speak.  Didn't want the shiat in the first place.  If there were any other company willing to service my area, I would install the line myself to get out from under farking Comcrap.
 
2014-07-22 02:28:22 PM

mcmnky: Jim from Saint Paul: LZeitgeist: Or you could find a friend that pays for HBO anyway and ask them to record 'Game of Thrones' for you on their VCR, borrow the tape and watch it on Monday night at home with your wife.Problem solved.

What's that?

Assuming I have a friend with HBO and a VCR, then what?

Wave the tape in front of my computer and say "bit torrent, download this" like I'd offer a fugitive's sock to a blood hound?

www.tickld.com


Buy a VCR and connect it to your TV. They cost less than a month's worth of HBO.
 
2014-07-22 02:33:22 PM

stoli n coke: rugman11: timujin: Let me know how it goes for you in the comments.

Maybe I'm just missing it, but I don't see a comments section.

It's a separate tab at the top of the article.

As for the article, you're paying for cable internet, obviously, but $75 for internet and HBO is only about $15 more than I'm paying right now for just internet, even assuming that the 10 other channels are just worthless religious/QVC channels.

Yet, some people will complain that the $15 a month is still too expensive. Usually the "I don't want to pirate shows, and I'd totally pay for them if" crowd. Try as they might, HBO is not going to satisfy the wanting something for nothing crowd.


Honestly, if I can do this I will.  I've said for a long time that if I could get HBO GO directly from them for $15-$20/month, I'd do so.  I never realized it was possible to get just HBO through my cable company.
 
2014-07-22 02:34:02 PM

NicktheSmoker: steamingpile: Comcast just sucks, I looked at a friends bill the other day and they were paying $150+ for shiat internet and basic cable, then they sent a notice about how their rates were going up.

Yeah they do, I got conned into upgrading the speed of my internet a few months ago, and was told I would still pay the same each month, and I even get free basic cable with it and it wasn't some one year deal.  Now all of a sudden my bill has doubled, and I get told basically to fark off and deal with it.  Yeah, cable box is in my car to drop off as we speak.  Didn't want the shiat in the first place.  If there were any other company willing to service my area, I would install the line myself to get out from under farking Comcrap.


Ah, the old "Boost" scam.  For $10.00/month more you can get speeds of up to 50 Mbps down.  I tried that out and the only thing that it boosted was my bill by $10.00/month.  Exact same speeds as I had before.
 
2014-07-22 02:38:52 PM
My wife and I cut the cable because she works a lot of overtime and I'm working and going to school. I don't think I'll ever go back, though, even if we had a lot more time to watch it. I get Amazon Prime for $4 a month (student discount), Netflix for $8, I can watch football with an antenna, and MLB.TV and a $4 subscription to Unlocator will get me baseball without the blackout restrictions (which, as near as I can tell, is perfectly legal). All for WAY less than I was paying for 500 channels I never watched.
 
2014-07-22 02:39:25 PM
The Pirate Bay. Easy to use, lots to offer, and the media files have no restrictions.
 
2014-07-22 02:48:07 PM
Back when Cable was first being rolled out in a suburb of Boston, my town offered P-Boy which you had to pay for.   Come home 1 day and my younger brother is there watching the channel.  Asked how he did it without paying:   Turn the cable box to the correct channel then turn the TV from channel 3 to channel 4.  Voila!    Lost many sock babys that winter
 
2014-07-22 02:49:14 PM

LZeitgeist: mcmnky: Jim from Saint Paul: LZeitgeist: Or you could find a friend that pays for HBO anyway and ask them to record 'Game of Thrones' for you on their VCR, borrow the tape and watch it on Monday night at home with your wife.Problem solved.

What's that?

Assuming I have a friend with HBO and a VCR, then what?

Wave the tape in front of my computer and say "bit torrent, download this" like I'd offer a fugitive's sock to a blood hound?

[www.tickld.com image 460x410]

Buy a VCR and connect it to your TV. They cost less than a month's worth of HBO.


He's saying he doesn't even have a TV, that he watches stuff on his computer.
 
2014-07-22 02:51:15 PM

Orgasmatron138: My wife and I cut the cable because she works a lot of overtime and I'm working and going to school. I don't think I'll ever go back, though, even if we had a lot more time to watch it. I get Amazon Prime for $4 a month (student discount), Netflix for $8, I can watch football with an antenna, and MLB.TV and a $4 subscription to Unlocator will get me baseball without the blackout restrictions (which, as near as I can tell, is perfectly legal). All for WAY less than I was paying for 500 channels I never watched.


...but you don't get HBO, which is the entire point of this thread.  But good for you.
 
2014-07-22 02:53:33 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: LZeitgeist: Or you could find a friend that pays for HBO anyway and ask them to record 'Game of Thrones' for you on their VCR, borrow the tape and watch it on Monday night at home with your wife.Problem solved.

What's that?


Low tech way to record TV shows and movies that can't be traced by the MPAA.
 
2014-07-22 02:55:25 PM

dittybopper: LZeitgeist: mcmnky: Jim from Saint Paul: LZeitgeist: Or you could find a friend that pays for HBO anyway and ask them to record 'Game of Thrones' for you on their VCR, borrow the tape and watch it on Monday night at home with your wife.Problem solved.

What's that?

Assuming I have a friend with HBO and a VCR, then what?

Wave the tape in front of my computer and say "bit torrent, download this" like I'd offer a fugitive's sock to a blood hound?

[www.tickld.com image 460x410]

Buy a VCR and connect it to your TV. They cost less than a month's worth of HBO.

He's saying he doesn't even have a TV, that he watches stuff on his computer.


Ah - thanks, I missed that. Who the fark doesn't own a farking TV? College student? Good. Get good grades, get a decent job and maybe you, too, can own a television and a $10 VCR someday.
 
2014-07-22 02:55:59 PM
Why in the world would you give your Hbogo/cableco login? Do you really want them seeing your cableco bill? Att Uverse sends you to their webpage to sign in.
 
2014-07-22 02:58:17 PM

DSF6969: LZeitgeist: Or you could find a friend that pays for HBO anyway and ask them to record 'Game of Thrones' for you on their VCR, borrow the tape and watch it on Monday night at home with your wife.Problem solved.

Your lawn, I am staying off of it.


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2014-07-22 03:08:46 PM

rugman11: timujin: Let me know how it goes for you in the comments.

Maybe I'm just missing it, but I don't see a comments section.

It's a separate tab at the top of the article.

As for the article, you're paying for cable internet, obviously, but $75 for internet and HBO is only about $15 more than I'm paying right now for just internet, even assuming that the 10 other channels are just worthless religious/QVC channels.


Doesn't make the premise of the article any less retarded.
 
2014-07-22 03:10:45 PM
Just pirate the shows you want until they stop making crap.  They might go out of business but it was all crap anyway.
 
2014-07-22 03:15:37 PM

Mikey1969: rugman11: timujin: Let me know how it goes for you in the comments.

Maybe I'm just missing it, but I don't see a comments section.

It's a separate tab at the top of the article.

As for the article, you're paying for cable internet, obviously, but $75 for internet and HBO is only about $15 more than I'm paying right now for just internet, even assuming that the 10 other channels are just worthless religious/QVC channels.

Doesn't make the premise of the article any less retarded.


The premise of the article is that some cable systems allow you the option to subscribe to internet and HBO without also subscribing to cable television, they just don't advertise it.  How is that retarded?
 
2014-07-22 03:22:13 PM
I called up some of the biggest cable companies and representatives from four talked about the packages they offer.

Bullshiate you have that many options.
 
2014-07-22 03:29:30 PM

rugman11: Mikey1969: rugman11: timujin: Let me know how it goes for you in the comments.

Maybe I'm just missing it, but I don't see a comments section.

It's a separate tab at the top of the article.

As for the article, you're paying for cable internet, obviously, but $75 for internet and HBO is only about $15 more than I'm paying right now for just internet, even assuming that the 10 other channels are just worthless religious/QVC channels.

Doesn't make the premise of the article any less retarded.

The premise of the article is that some cable systems allow you the option to subscribe to internet and HBO without also subscribing to cable television, they just don't advertise it.  How is that retarded?


Bullshiat.

The article specifically states that you have to buy cable to get the farking HBO access.

FTFA:

 After we said the magic words "Internet Plus," we were able to switch from a triple-play package costing $212 per month to "Internet plus" with broadband, about 10 cable channels and HBO (with HBO Go) for about $75 per month. Keep in mind, this eliminates landline phone service through the cable company.


In other words, cable.
 
2014-07-22 03:31:59 PM
You guys know that you can get the bulk of HBO shows through Amazon Prime now, right?  Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Deadwood, etc.  You only need to subscribe to HBO for just True Detective and GoT.  Unless you're getting an HBO deal for free.

I'm cutting Netflix and sticking to Amazon Prime for now, just seems to be the much better of the two.  At least until House of Cards comes back on.
 
2014-07-22 03:34:09 PM
The last time I had cable was Fall of 2002.

For the less than the amount as getting cable and HBO in that time, I have been able to buy all seasons of True Blood, Deadwood, Carnivale, Rome, Bored to Death, Flight of the Conchords, a couple of seasons of Game of Thrones, and a couple of seasons of Sopranos.  And now I own them forever.

It's not TV, it's used DVDs.
 
2014-07-22 03:34:49 PM

LZeitgeist: Or you could find a friend that pays for HBO anyway and ask them to record 'Game of Thrones' for you on their VCR, borrow the tape and watch it on Monday night at home with your wife.Problem solved.


And by "friend" you mean the internet?
 
2014-07-22 03:35:07 PM

MightyPez: timujin: Let me know how it goes for you in the comments.

Maybe I'm just missing it, but I don't see a comments section.

The comments tab is above the article. I know, it's a little unintuitive.


So the latest trend with "designers" for news websites is to hide the comments section. On one such hideous redesign, I found a link at the bottom of the article saying "looking for comments? click here" which violates the most basic design principles. It then scrolls you back to the top of the article and points a little arrow next to the comment button that you were definitely not going to click before you read the article.
 
2014-07-22 03:40:20 PM

Mikey1969: rugman11: Mikey1969: rugman11: timujin: Let me know how it goes for you in the comments.

Maybe I'm just missing it, but I don't see a comments section.

It's a separate tab at the top of the article.

As for the article, you're paying for cable internet, obviously, but $75 for internet and HBO is only about $15 more than I'm paying right now for just internet, even assuming that the 10 other channels are just worthless religious/QVC channels.

Doesn't make the premise of the article any less retarded.

The premise of the article is that some cable systems allow you the option to subscribe to internet and HBO without also subscribing to cable television, they just don't advertise it.  How is that retarded?

Bullshiat.

The article specifically states that you have to buy cable to get the farking HBO access.

FTFA:

 After we said the magic words "Internet Plus," we were able to switch from a triple-play package costing $212 per month to "Internet plus" with broadband, about 10 cable channels and HBO (with HBO Go) for about $75 per month. Keep in mind, this eliminates landline phone service through the cable company.


In other words, cable.


Those "cable channels" are the local channels (which don't cost much) and probably QVC and the religious channels, which don't cost anything.

Here's what matters:  For a new customer -

Basic Internet (25 Mbps down) with no HBO - $29.99/mo for 12 months
Basic Internet (25 Mbps down) WITH HBO - $39.99/mo for 12 months
Faster Internet (50 Mbps down) with no HBO - $34.99/mo for 12 months
Faster Internet (50 Mbps down) WITH HBO - $44.99/mo for 12 months

I can't see the prices for existing customers, but Comcast is offering HBO and locals for $10/mo on top of your internet.  Maybe it's $15 or $20 more after the initial deal, but that's still not buying cable.  That's buying internet and HBO and essentially getting locals for free.
 
2014-07-22 03:42:19 PM
Maybe I'm old school about watching tv, but it seems that all this HULU and Amazon Prime and Netflix and streaming are just for people who will watch ONLYTHISSHOW or ONLYTHISMOVIE or ONLYTHISSPORT and nothing else. What is there besides cable or satellite for those like myself who watch with more of an serendipitous attitude (find something good, watch it, move on) and who don't get all caught up in JUSTONESHOW that they "binge watch" (which I have never understood) at $30 for a season streamed?

/I won't even get into physical media vs streaming
 
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