Streaming TV is about to get very expensive

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  1. Allanon

    Allanon Active Member

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    The difference between HBO and CBS is I'm paying a premium to watch HBO already and now they want more for what they should already be giving me but I'm not paying extra for CBS Network content so I find it fair for them to charge extra for stuff they deem premium content. Seems like HBO is double dipping.
     
  2. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

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    Not more. The same. HBO Max costs the same amount as HBO where it is offered.
     
  3. Allanon

    Allanon Active Member

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    I thought HBO Max was going to require a subscription to HBO plus $14.99 on top of that. If not then I'm in.
     
  4. realityboy

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    They’ve made it clear as mud, but I know with Spectrum, all HBO subscribers get Max at no extra charge. Same for those that subscribe directly from HBO. (I assume YouTubeTV is the same but it hasn’t really announced pricing). They need to make deals with all the other cable companies, but if they don’t make a deal, worst case scenario is canceling HBO through cable and paying HBO the $14.99 directly for HBO Max.
     
  5. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

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    Definitely not.
     
  6. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    I might be remembering incorrectly, but I thought it was always "If you have HBO on an ATT platform (eg, DirecTV), you will get HBOMax free. Never was it any DirecTV subscriber getting HBOMax. That wouldn't make sense.

    No.
     
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  7. jamesbobo

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    I just checked HBO's schedule. Joker will premiere on HBO (cable) May 16th at 8pm eastern time.
     
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  8. mlsnyc

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    AT&T's HBO Max page (HBO Max - Stream Movies, Original Shows & More - AT&T) now says the same thing as the Verge article referenced upthread said. It'll be offered free to those who are already subscribed to the following AT&T products:
    So it's official that my paltry unlimited choice enhanced plan will not get it. Hopefully I still keep HBO Go, which is all I need for now.
     
  9. realityboy

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    If you have HBO Go from AT&T, I believe you’re good. Those plans include HBO and get it automatically, but it looks like any plan can get it by paying for HBO.

    Edit: This is from the FAQ on the HBO Max website: Subscribers who get HBO through AT&T video services (such as AT&T TV or U-Verse TV) will also get access to WarnerMedia's new offering, HBO Max, at no extra charge. Also subscribers of premium AT&T mobile and broadband services, will be offered bundles with HBO Max at no extra charge.
     
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  10. mlsnyc

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    That'd be nice. I guess I'll wait and see when it rolls out. And when I compared the difference between my Choice Enhanced and Elite, both just said they offered HBO. So maybe it will carry over. Overall while I'd love to get Max, it's more that I don't want to lose Go.

    FYI I didn't see anything anywhere about losing Go. But I also didn't see any mention of it at all. So while I assume I'd continue to have it, since I was getting it as part of my AT&T mobile service, there was a nagging thought in my mind that they'd change what they offered to cellular subscribers. Maybe they still will down the road.
     
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  11. realityboy

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    Honestly, is AT&T always this bad? They couldn’t have made this launch more confusing if they tried.
     
  12. mlsnyc

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    I've been with them since forever (i.e. when they bought out Cingular) so they have their moments, good and bad.

    In this case it wouldn't surprise me if they were being intentionally vague to give themselves the wiggle room to squeeze as much money out of this as they can. They already knew they were going to be one of the more expensive options out there and there wasn't much margin of error. And I'm sure they were caught flat-footed by this covid thing totally upending how all businesses, especially streaming, would need to adapt.
     
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  13. lparsons21

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    ATT has made one misstep after another with video. When they bought out DirecTV they quickly removed channels from their streaming product, ATT TV Now, and raised prices making their skinny bundle of streaming channels the most expensive with the nearly the fewest channels. Hence, the nearly 50% loss of subscribers over the last year to that service.

    Then they just opened up their full live streaming, cable/sat replacement service, ATT TV, complete with fat channels, an unneeded box, a contract and an ETF. Pricing is high making it an even less desirable product.

    Of course in this latest financial from them they blame
    Coronavirus for some of it, but I don’t think Coronavirus had any effect on it that wouldn’t have been there anyway because the product is not what the consumer wants and the price for it is too darned high. Many ‘experts’ have been saying the same thing for a very long time.

    Making ATT TV an even tougher sale is that cable companies can sell their TV service bundled with internet for less. On ATT’s side, getting people on streaming cuts their costs but without benefit to the consumer.
     
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  14. tlc

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    I'm guessing it's because when you subscribe via a cable co., the cable co. gets some of the money. When you switch to Max-for-the-same-price, HBO gets all the profit. Customers have an incentive to switch and no price increase.
     
  15. Dawghows

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    Well, last night it finally happened. My wife and I sat down to watch the Downton Abbey movie (not very good, BTW), and the HBO Now app said we needed to renew our subscription in order to continue watching. So now we're signed up directly to HBO Now on the $11.99/mo introductory deal. I was expecting the account to get straightened out during their changeover to MAX, and I'm guessing that's what happened.
     
  16. mlsnyc

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    Well alrighty then...
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  17. jamesbobo

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    I recently learned that FIOS customers who subscribe to HBO will be able to view HBO MAX at no additional charge. I don't have a smart TV so unless FIOS offers it through their DVR like it does Netflix I don't think I'd use it much since I'm not a fan of watching shows on the desktop computer.
     
  18. Allanon

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    My cable company is Suddenlink and just found out the same:
     
  19. TonyD79

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    Roku. Apple TV. Fire TV. Chromecast. All pretty cheap.
     
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  20. lambertman

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    ^^No deal yet for HBOMax with Roku, for the record.
     

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