Alistair Barr and Liana B. Baker of Reuters spoke with HBO CEO Richard Plepler at an event last night (which, incidentally, I attended as well):
Customers could pay $50 a month for their broadband Internet and an extra $10 or $15 for HBO to be packaged in with that service, for a total of $60 or $65 per month, Plepler explained.
“We would have to make the math work,” he added.
That’s one of the first promising things out of the mouth of HBO regarding HBO Go in a while. It’s not perfect, but I’d settle for it (since I obviously have to pay for broadband anyway).
The question in my mind is if the cable companies would go for it. I pay Comcast for my internet but do not have cable. Would they allow me to pay an extra $15 for HBO Go access even though they know I could get cable as well and simply choose not to? You’d hope so, but they must know that’s a very slippery slope.
Either way, they may be fucked. But at least HBO is finally on the right path of thinking.
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No, they would not. I don’t see that happening.
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I’d consider $60 or so a month for 4 or so Mbps pretty obscene. I was getting faster speeds in the early 2000s.
Let’s hope this is the start of a real inquiry into the regional monopolies that the cable companies have enjoyed for far too long.
Speaking of Netflix, Comcast is launching a Netflix competitor.
But wait — isn’t Comcast already a Netflix competitor with their On Demand service, their Xfinity service, and their stake in Hulu? Well yes, but this will have a new name and new fees! Joy!
Reports Andrew Wallenstein for Variety:
With a business model and catalog-oriented content mix similar to Netflix and other competing services like Amazon and a coming joint venture from Verizon and Redbox, Comcast is clearly attempting to supplement its existing digital presence, Xfinity, with a long-tail-oriented offering. But Streampix is not available to those who don’t already get Comcast cable.
Streampix will either be free to those who get Comcast’s triple-play package of video, broadband and phone or for an additional $4.99 fee on top of other varieties of Comcast offerings.
So, it will only be available to those people who already have Comcast cable. AND it will likely cost you an additional fee even if you’re already spending upwards of $100 a month on cable. What a fucking fantastic sounding service.
There has been a lot of talk behind the scenes, but not a lot of talk in the public recently about a few deals that sure make it seem like Verizon and Comcast are in the midst of a sort of de facto merger.
Or, said another way, collusion.
Good to see people are starting to take notice.
Four months after the Federal Communications Commission approved the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the commissioners who approved the deal said she would join Comcast to oversee its government affairs office.
Strikes me as extremely questionable and seemingly sleazy.