Streaming TV is about to get very expensive

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by mr.unnatural, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    First time we had cable was when we moved to Arizona. I think I was more excited about that than the actual move! I remember watching hours and hours of MTV which was brand new then. Our cable box had a wired remote (remember those?) and my dad rigged up an extension to the wire so it wouldn't drag across the floor.
  2. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    I know this is a little off-topic, but it seemed like a good spot to interject a little story. Back in the days when we had cable I had one of those magic cable boxes that unscrambled all of the channels. We used to go on vacation at an ocean resort town in my state every year with the whole family and they used the same type of scrambling on the cable system so I would always take the cable box with us so everyone could watch movies and such. I recall it was a Saturday evening and the kids were all watching a rock concert on one of the PPV channels. What none of us realized was that at 11 pm that channel switched over to an adult channel. We were enjoying the concert when suddenly the scene shifted to something you definitely did not want your kids to see. What happened next still has me laughing every time I think about it. My wife bolted out of her chair and threw herself onto the TV like a soldier jumping on a live grenade. I quickly grabbed the remote and changed the channel. My wife was pissed but everyone in the room was in stitches. You simply cannot buy memories like that.
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  3. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA
    I bought a box in the late 80s and we used to call it wiggle vision as it tried to sync the channel.
  4. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Columbus, OH
  5. That Don Guy

    That Don Guy Now with more GB

    Mar 13, 2003
    Benicia, CA
    When my house first got cable TV, all it did was (a) bring in the local stations much more clearly, and (b) bring in a handful of broadcast stations from outside of the local area - I had three ABC stations at one point, in the days before the local stations could force blackouts on network programming on the others. There was no "cable box"; there were 12 stations, mapped to VHF channels. This is why, in the San Francisco area, KICU is almost always on channel 6, and KBCW on channel 12 - because that's where they were back then.
  6. gossamer88

    gossamer88 UHDTV Snob

    Jul 26, 2005
    Da Bronx
  7. Allanon

    Allanon Active Member

    Nov 2, 2005
  8. Hoffer

    Hoffer Eat Lightning ----- Poo Thunder TCF Club

    Jun 1, 2001
    Twin Cities, MN
    Not sure if this is old news. I've been wondering since HBO Max was announced if I'd get it free through my unlimited A&T cell phone plan. I've been getting HBO Now free for a couple years, and wasn't sure if the same was true for HBO Max.

    Stumbled upon a new Verge article about HBO Max. Part of the article describes AT&T services that will give you free access to HBO Max. Below is the list. My first thought was I wasn't sure if I had the AT&T Unlimited Elite plan. I checked and I had something like Unlimited Choice Plus. So, I'm wondering if Elite was a much more expensive plan. Turns out, Elite is $75/month and my current plan is $80/month. I did a comparison, and it appears Elite is better in about every way. So, I switched over to Elite. (Now I wait for someone to tell me this was a terrible decision.)

    Get HBO Max included at no additional cost with:
    • U400 and U450 TV
    • AT&T TV NOW Max
    • AT&T Unlimited Elite wireless plan
  9. Dawghows

    Dawghows Liberal Elitist

    May 17, 2001
    I'm very curious to see what happens with HBO Max for me. As I'm sure I mentioned at least once before, HBO Now thinks I'm subscribed via Hulu. This used to be true, but I dropped it from Hulu in January.
  10. mlsnyc

    mlsnyc Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Dec 2, 2009
    It's a no-brainer. Whether or not you really needed to go to Elite to get Max becomes irrelevant as you're paying less per month for more.

    In my case, I'm on the Unlimited Choice Enhanced. It's at $65/mo for me. I looked at what the Elite gives me and it looks like it's a hotspot, HD video, and -- in the future -- 5G. Unless I lose my HBO Go when Max comes out, I'm not sure if the $10 extra per month is a good value for me. The thing that may potentially be attractive for me is 5G, but I'm going to need a 5G-capable phone first.
  11. markb

    markb Well-Known Member

    Jul 24, 2002
    San Diego
    I think the easy way to tell is, do you get regular old HBO now via an AT&T service? If so, you'll get HBO Max for no extra cost. That's my understanding, anyway.
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  12. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    Besides AT&T, they’ve also announced deals with Spectrum and YouTubeTV.
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  13. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I was not happy to see that those with less than a DirecTV Premier tier will only get a year free. I guess I should have expected that, but all the press before this said anyone with DirecTV would get HBOMax for free.
  14. jamesbobo

    jamesbobo with a grain of salt

    Jun 18, 2000
    So how does HBO MAX differ from HBO or HBO ON DEMAND?
  15. pdhenry

    pdhenry Recumbent

    Feb 27, 2005
    HBO Max has more programming than just HBO
  16. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
  17. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    And of course this being AT&T, they have thoroughly confused us, with too many platforms with the similar names. This isn't as bad as all the AT&T TV things, but still confusing.
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  18. jamesbobo

    jamesbobo with a grain of salt

    Jun 18, 2000
  19. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I think they are going to have some HBO Max only content. Sort of like what CBS All Access does with their content.
  20. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2015
    Since HBO and HBO Max are the same price I can’t figure out any way that HBO non-Max will even be a thing going forward. Doesn’t make sense. But then again, AT&T seems hell bent on doing things that don’t make sense when it comes to streaming TV!

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