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Comcast bundle ties HBO, local TV and internet together for just $40 per month, at first


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#1 OFFLINE   Athlon646464

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 06:06 AM

Comcast bundle ties HBO, local TV and internet together for just $40 per month, at first
 
If your ideal TV setup is HBO Go by itself, one option for a setup close to that is being offered by a seemingly unlikely source: Comcast. 
 
It's still tethered to services pushed by the company's usual partners, and could achieve their goals of getting elusive cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get a taste of the TV life.
 
 
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#2 OFFLINE   oldschoolecw

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 07:59 AM

What a great deal, to bad they don't have phone also in this package.


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Posted 25 October 2013 - 12:03 PM

Though according to DSL Reports, the price not only goes up after the first 12 months, it goes up again 6 months later, to $80. So after a year and a half, the price doubles.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:30 PM

Though according to DSL Reports, the price not only goes up after the first 12 months, it goes up again 6 months later, to $80. So after a year and a half, the price doubles.

Thanks for the info here is the link http://www.dslreport...-Netflix-126362


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 12:51 AM

I had great hopes for this ontil I gave it some thought. Local retrans fees and HBO retrans fees must be $20+ a month. That only leaves a small amount to cover costs for operations, maintenance, and overhead. Since it includes ISP the $80 is competitive, but add in a DVR and it becomes a "what's the point again?" offer. Sooner or later almost everything becomes available online. Hence the appeal of cord cutting, though in truth you'll still need to be connected unless you can receive and are satisfied with OTA.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 06:23 AM

Though according to DSL Reports, the price not only goes up after the first 12 months, it goes up again 6 months later, to $80. So after a year and a half, the price doubles.

Considering I pay$70 per month for just Internet, I'd say it's a good deal even at $80

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:38 PM

Our COMCAST affiliate loves to get you to bite on cheap intro packages, then raises the price. 

 

Like we were told 2 or 3 years we could move from analog $40/month TV service, to digital $40/month TV service, with "free" DVR boxes and remotes. Now they charge over $166/month for same. That includes rental fees for those boxes (including one we don't have, but which they refuse to drop from charged-for service - which is true of some of our neighbors too) and remotes, extra service fees for the preferred channel lineup that they won't let us drop if we want the DVR service. And our Internet service went from $20 (I think) to $50/month.

 

Also note that if you work really hard at it, COMCAST affiliates will bargain on price and available features, if you say you plan to switch to someone else's service. Sometimes they will bargain immediately. Sometimes they call you back the next day or so. You may well get a 50% discount, or return to introductory rates - but it is always temporary. A few months later the discount quietly goes away.

 

NOTE: These may only apply to our local COMCAST affiliate. I'm not sure how much of it relates to the COMCAST business as a whole. And to be fair, on everything but cost and honesty about cost, COMCAST offers pretty good service.

 

Finally, the phone bundles may not be worth the extra cost. You can get phone-over-Internet from MagicJack or Skype far cheaper, and you can use MagicJack almost like a portable cell phone if you are in a WiFi area. (Skype is cheaper - in fact it is free for Skype-to-Skype device calls, but if you add getting your own "Skype number", so people can call you from normal phones, I think it is more expensive. Plus, I've had some Skype call quality issues. I've not tried MagicJack.)

 

 



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Posted 04 January 2014 - 09:24 PM

Our COMCAST affiliate loves to get you to bite on cheap intro packages, then raises the price. 

 

Like we were told 2 or 3 years we could move from analog $40/month TV service, to digital $40/month TV service, with "free" DVR boxes and remotes. Now they charge over $166/month for same. That includes rental fees for those boxes (including one we don't have, but which they refuse to drop from charged-for service - which is true of some of our neighbors too) and remotes, extra service fees for the preferred channel lineup that they won't let us drop if we want the DVR service. And our Internet service went from $20 (I think) to $50/month.

 

Also note that if you work really hard at it, COMCAST affiliates will bargain on price and available features, if you say you plan to switch to someone else's service. Sometimes they will bargain immediately. Sometimes they call you back the next day or so. You may well get a 50% discount, or return to introductory rates - but it is always temporary. A few months later the discount quietly goes away.

 

NOTE: These may only apply to our local COMCAST affiliate. I'm not sure how much of it relates to the COMCAST business as a whole. And to be fair, on everything but cost and honesty about cost, COMCAST offers pretty good service.

 

Finally, the phone bundles may not be worth the extra cost. You can get phone-over-Internet from MagicJack or Skype far cheaper, and you can use MagicJack almost like a portable cell phone if you are in a WiFi area. (Skype is cheaper - in fact it is free for Skype-to-Skype device calls, but if you add getting your own "Skype number", so people can call you from normal phones, I think it is more expensive. Plus, I've had some Skype call quality issues. I've not tried MagicJack.)

My Directv service, and Internet service cost me $240 per month for what you see in my signature and that only 15/2 internet.

So I would welcome $166. :grin:

 

Now if we went with Our Cable its $241 for basicly the same service , but as of now no whole home DVR with cable. Not Untill June!


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:09 AM

FYI for anyone considering jumping on this deal. I did about a week ago and have discovered that Comcast and Netflix don't play well together at night anymore. Lots of people are experiencing this problem.

 

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