Best way to get HBO?

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  1. dmspen

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    It took a long time to film because the snow scenes are actually shot in winter. You can't force winter to do what you want.

    To the starter of this thread, if you got a $10 credit and 2 PPV, then DISH has paid the equivalent price for you to get an Amazon Fire Stick. A refurb is about $30. Roku Express is about $30. Also, DISH has dropped the Movie Package price with the loss of HBO so I can't quite hear the validity of your complaints. The broadcast world changes monthly. It's the way things go now. Just wait until you have to sign up for Disney Streaming to see Disney movies!
     
  2. dreadlk

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    LOL i have scene every episode at least twice and they are not 90 minutes, they are typically 60 minutes or less as opposed to the 45 minutes of most shows after you remove the commercials.

    Contrary to popular belief season 8 will not be full of 2 hour episodes or even 90 minute episodes. Yes HBO tricked you with false rumors, just like they may be tricking the public about what the prequel is about and when it will be released.

    Here is a list of times for season 8 episodes and some are shorter than average.

    EP1 = 54 minutes
    EP2 = 58 min
    EP3 = 60 min
    EP4 = 78 Min
    EP5 = 80 Min
    EP6 = 80 Min

    Given amount of episodes versus the first six seasons that had 10 episodes each there was less filming that went on. The only thing that went up was the CGI time and cast used in some of the battle sequences.

    BTW The Season 7 Finale was longer than any of these, it clocked in at 81 Minutes and it also had some short episodes in that season that only lasted 50 minutes.

    You can keep on believing the HBO talk that it took them 2 years to film 6 episodes, but I know for a fact that they finished filming the scenes with all the major cast members 9 months through the first year. Minor cast members continued filming for another few months and of course people got called in for re-shoots at later dates.
    They had time to kill once they got the Major cast members out of the way.
     
  3. tsmacro

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    Well I ended up paying $40 for my Fire Stick, so I guess Dish paid about half, between $10 and two PPV. Of course I'll have to remember to use those PPV, since it's not something I hardly use, to get the full value. I do hold HBO primarily responsible for all of this, which is why once Game of Thrones is done, I'm done with them. I actually didn't even ask for anything from Dish when I contacted them, I just wanted to let them know that after being a loyal customer for 15 years that for first time I was having second thoughts about sending them $120+/month if they aren't going to be able to continue to deliver the programming I want the way I want it. I pay a television provider to be convenient for me. Which for me is to turn on the tv and tune to the channel I want to see and watch and use the DVR to watch at my leisure and occasionally download some On Demand content to watch later. I'm not a fan of the streaming model, I don't like having to sign into different apps depending on what I want to watch, pay different companies for their apps and for that matter streaming for me just isn't ideal, my internet is just barely fast enough, which means occasional buffering and pixelating. Basically I pay Dish so I don't have to deal with any of that hassle and if they can't save me from it, why am I paying them? I was hoping when I called they might have a work around, like ok you do have to download HBO's app to your laptop but then if you hook up your laptop to your tv, you'll be able to watch. Instead of offering anything than "download the app to your tv", which of course doesn't work for a non-smart tv, they jumped straight to, well we'll give you two PPV certificates. I told them I really didn't care about that and it didn't really help my issue, nor was I likely to use them. Then they offered a $10 bill credit as well, realizing there really wasn't any solution here that was going to make me happy, I took what they were offering and thanked him for his time and then started looking for options.
     
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    LOL kind of like here is how to pay for it if you really want it for GoT.
    A little bird told me that the the prequel is going to be so compelling that it is going to make most customers want to keep HBO.
     
  7. tsmacro

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    I got a surprise follow-up call from Dish today. They offered me out of the blue, didn't even have to complain or anything, an additional $5/mo for 6 mos off. So at this point they have paid for my Firestick and a little bit more. So good for them, they've always treated me well, looks like they intend to keep doing so and I realize that they are in an impossible situation here. One thing I would really like to see happen (and I told them this), is since the tv world is moving more and more towards the streaming model from many different sources, is for Dish to start adding more of these via their Hopper. For example you can access Netflix via the Hopper as well as youTube. Having everything available via the same platform and input on my tv just makes my life simpler. Yes I would actually rather not deal with streaming at all if I had my way, but obviously that's what the market is determining the way to go these days, so anything that helps keep it all simple and organized with as little frustration for me (like I don't don't know, turning to a particular channel # and bam there's what I want to see *ahem, cough, cough*) is what will keep me as a happy customer.
     
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    By the way the firestick worked great for watching GoT yesterday, I wanted to say thank you to those who responded to this thread and offered their advice and suggestions.
     
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    Yes, the Fire Stick/TV is the best way to get live HBO.
     
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    Wow HBO really blew it with season 8 ep 3. of GoT.
    No Spoilers just saying that this was the big battle and yet I missed most of it because they filmed the thing so dark that I could not tell what was happening through most of it. As if that was not bad enough they threw in Fog just for good measure. In desperation I did what I knew would not work and upped the brightness. Yeah you know the result! The internet is a buzz with complaints. HBO cost saving filming technique on an already short season felt like an extra kick in the nuts for fans.
     
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    Totally agree. By the time I was about half-way through it, I was just sitting there, saying, yeah I get it, it's chaos, it's terrifying, everyone might die and I can't even see most of wtf is going on, so just get on with it and get to the end already!
     
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    I loved the episode. And yeah it was meant to make it hard to tell where everyone was. That was the point. Didn’t have a problem with it being dark though. Might try streaming and seeing the ten minutes after show they always do at the very end about why they did what they did.
     
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    Funny how opinions vary. We always watch GoT with the lights off to set the mood, on our best (calibrated) tv, and thought the cinematography of last night's episode was spot-on. Yes, it was confusing and chaotic at times, but that was the point.

    Story-wise I might have had a few (or more ;) ) nits, but picture quality certainly wasn't one if them.

    (We subscribe via the HBO "channel" on Amazon Prime, fwiw)
     
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    Oh I completely get what they were trying to do, I'm just saying they pushed it too far and made it so much chore to even try to see what was going on that it wasn't any fun for me. Thank goodness for the bits they do afterwards talking about the episode, because without them telling me what just happened I'm sure there would've been plenty I would've missed in this ep.
     
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    Thats exactly how I felt. I understood why it was dark but they just went way overboard. At many point during the episode I was not sure who got killed and who survived. My wife who has never fallen asleep in GoT nodded off half way through the episode. My other nit pick was that from a military standpoint. That had to have been the worst battle plan ever! Wish I could discuss it in more detail but that would be spoiling it for anybody who has not watched it yet.
     
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    Well, just remember one thing, they deviated from the plan...
     
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    I believe the directors were trying to show us what it would have been like had you really been there. Too bad Smell-o-vision never made it. Yes it was dark. Yes it was foggy. Imagine the despair being in a battle where you can't see, it's cold and foggy, people are dying all around you (even if they were dead already). I had to turn off all the living room lights to see better. At least it wasn't cold in my living room.
     
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    On The Daily Show they said that the first people to die in the battle were the HBO lighting crew. :)
     
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    We had all the lights off except a low LED Backlight strip and candles. Perfect.
     

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