The Spite of Comcast: HBO Go

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  1. Oct 16, 2019 #61 of 109
    HerronScott

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    Sorry don't have time to find the other thread but the secret "fix" that seems to be working is to refresh your browser and select Xfinity again after the not supported error (some may have had to refresh more than once but it worked for me after the first time).

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  2. Oct 16, 2019 #62 of 109
    nrnoble

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    Thanks Scott. I got it working.

    Thankfully we have some smart people who are willing to share their solutions.

    When I called xfinity and Tivo
    xfinity support: Not our problem, you need to call Tivo.
    Tivo support: Not our problem, you need to call xfinity.
     
  3. Oct 16, 2019 #63 of 109
    mntvjunkie

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    They'll probably stay in the scripted game for a while, but it's going to become more expensive now that they don't own any studio to produce it. Of course, that doesn't mean it won't buy scripted programming from others. I can't think of any of the big 4 networks that don't buy at least SOME content from other studios.

    Longer term, could we see AT&T make a play to buy the rest of the Fox assets? It certainly wouldn't be the first attempt at a network, and I believe a few WarnerMedia executives have expressed regret at getting out of the TV game. (Yes, I know they own half of The CW, but when was half of something good enough for AT&T?)
     
  4. Oct 16, 2019 #64 of 109
    NashGuy

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    I'm not sure why WarnerMedia would feel the need to get into the broadcast network game at this point by buying the Fox network. They're clearly building for the streaming future with their expansive HBO Max service. They have in-house scripted content production via Warner Bros. Picture and Television. They've got news covered with CNN. They have sports with Turner Sports/Bleacher Report Live. As for the fading world of linear-channel cable TV, they've got lots of those channels with TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, etc.

    But what *will* become of Fox? It's an interesting question. The future favors big, broad media players and Fox has made themselves a skinny one by selling off most of their assets to Disney. To me, it looked like Rupert Murdoch's decision to cash in and sail off into the sunset rather than try to make a go of Fox as a major player in the coming streaming wars. If you look at my thread of fanciful media industry predictions for the first half of the 2020s, I imagine Sinclair (a major owner of local stations and the recent buyer of the Fox Sports regional sports networks) eventually purchasing the Fox broadcast network and their remaining cable sports nets (FS1, FS2, Big Ten Network) while Fox News and Fox Business Channel get absorbed into Murdoch's News Corp., operating in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal. We'll see...
     
  5. Oct 16, 2019 #65 of 109
    nrnoble

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    If Tivo is smart about having the pre-role ads they will limit to content ads like what we see all the networks do in promoting their up coming schedule. HBO does this with their ON Demand shows\Movies.
    If they go with traditional TV commercials, they best stick with the popular commercials that people enjoy watching, such as GECKO commercials. Nobody wants to see a pre-role of "As Seen On TV" products.
     
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  6. Oct 17, 2019 #66 of 109
    PSU_Sudzi

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    Not sure if you saw this week a rumor popped up that Shari Redstone is thinking of building out a rival to Fox News as part of the coming Viacom CBS empire. Might make more sense at some time in the future to buy Fox assets if the younger Murdochs want out totally once the old man steps aside for good.
     
  7. Oct 17, 2019 #67 of 109
    NashGuy

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    Yeah, I saw that. Seems like an odd move on Redstone's part, given the existence of CBS News. But yeah, who knows what might happen with Fox News in a post-Murdoch era...
     
  8. Oct 17, 2019 #68 of 109
    leiff

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    So what's the best way to get HBO if i already subscribe to Amazon Prime? Should I call Comcast and ask for a deal for HBO added to my service and then use this trick to get the HBO Go app working on my TiVo? Or just pay for HBO through Amazon and watch on Amazon app?
     
  9. Oct 17, 2019 #69 of 109
    morac

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    Comcast will often let you subscribe to HBO for $10 for awhile. If they do it’s worth going that route.

    Otherwise going the Amazon route may be better as I’ve read the picture quality is better through Amazon than HBO Go. Both are much better than watching HBO in Comcast.
     
  10. Oct 17, 2019 #70 of 109
    MileHigh96

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    AFAIK you cannot authorize the HBO GO app on Tivo through Comcast.
     
  11. Oct 17, 2019 #71 of 109
    morac

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    You can using the work around mentioned in the other thread.
     
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  12. Oct 17, 2019 #72 of 109
    mattack

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    Is starting up HBO Go on e.g. Roamio Pro any faster than it is on to start up for example Hulu?
    I practically never use Hulu on my Tivo because it's SO SLOW and takes forever to start up. It's much easier to switch to AppleTV and use it that way.

    Even the (horrid) Comcast On Demand interface (which is how I used to watch HBO stuff I didn't record -- I basically only record Last Week so I can watch in quickmode) started up reasonably quickly.. on my Premiere.

    I guess I will still probably try this 'game' just to get it set up. Because this does then let shows show up in OPs that are recording & stream, right?
    (e.g. to watch the last couple of seasons of Silicon Valley some eon.. then I can delete the streaming 'placeholder' items to indicate I've watched the episode)
     
  13. Oct 18, 2019 #73 of 109
    chiguy50

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    There have been little to no discount or promo deals for HBO from Comcast now that HBO is under AT&T's corporate hat. I myself had been getting it for free for years on end through recurring promos but have not been able to get one since last December. I fear that ship has sailed.

    OTOH, in those Comcast regions that have not yet transitioned to the "Simple - Easy" system, you can still get a bundle deal that includes HBO in the package price.
     
  14. Oct 18, 2019 #74 of 109
    NashGuy

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    Yeah, that's the old Digital Premier package. It used to include all of the basic cable channels plus HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, and The Movie Channel. Then this summer they yanked Cinemax from it and replaced it with Comcast/NBCU's own on-demand package of old movies called Hitz. (The reviews for Hitz among Comcast customers haven't been kind.) Kept the package price the same.

    And just this week, Comcast announced that on Dec. 10, they're going to yank the Starz and Starz Encore channels from Digital Premier and replace them with the (less expensive and fewer) Epix channels, likely still keeping the price the same.

    At this point, I'm not sure that Digital Premier is that great a deal.
     
  15. Oct 18, 2019 #75 of 109
    morac

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    I guess it’s a good thing then than they gave me the $10 month a deal in January for a year. I didn’t even really ask for it. I had originally added HBO myself via their web site and initiated a chat or maybe it was via Twitter asking if it would affect my other promo. I was told no and asked if I wanted to switch from $15 to $10 a month.

    I’ll see if that’s possible again when the promo expires in January, though I don’t really watch much on HBO these days.
     
  16. Oct 19, 2019 #76 of 109
    chiguy50

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    I myself am addicted to HBO; they have long had by far the best programming of any source available, whether by VOD or via the linear channels (IMO and according to the critics). I am hoping that AT&T does not dilute the brand too much now that CEO Richard Plepler, who I believe was largely responsible for achieving a sustained high level of quality, is out the door. (For more on HBO, Plepler, and the "Golden Age of Television" see here.)

    Back to Comcast, if you are looking for premium channel promos, you can still get free Showtime upon request. I am currently on back-to-back 90-day SHO promos.
     
  17. Oct 21, 2019 #77 of 109
    samccfl99

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    :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::D

    Also I must say again, that the the interface for the app on the Tivo for HBOGO SUCKS!!!

    GO ROKU!
     
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  18. Oct 21, 2019 #78 of 109
    MileHigh96

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    So much this. In fact, ALL the apps on the TiVo suck to be completely honest. I didn't realize just how bad and outdated they were until I bought a Roku so I could watch Xfinity VOD stuff since that app on the TiVo was ended. Like I said in another thread, if I didn't use my TiVo for the DVR, I would just get rid of it completely because the customer service and satisfaction from them is just awful and it keeps going downhill.
     
  19. Oct 21, 2019 #79 of 109
    schatham

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    If you have one passes it works fine. Goes straight to your show. What about it sucks vs a Roku or whatever?
     
  20. Oct 22, 2019 #80 of 109
    NashGuy

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    Well, Casey Bloys was actually in charge of most HBO programming before Plepler left and he's still there. And Greenblatt, who now heads up the whole entertainment division there at Warner, formerly ran Showtime and NBC, so he knows the industry and has relationships with the creative community.

    There's been a lot of hand-wringing about the future of HBO but it looks to me like they continue to have a lot of good stuff in the pipeline for 2020. And, regardless of the method via which folks will access it in the future (eventually exclusively via HBO Max, I'd say), it appears that their plan is to keep HBO as its own distinct brand, doing the same kind of stuff it's always done. Think of HBO Max like a shopping mall, with four big anchor stores: HBO Originals, Max Originals (which aim to complement HBO by offering different types of programming), Movies, and TV Favorites (e.g. Friends, Big Bang Theory, West Wing, Dr. Who, etc.). And then various smaller stores like TBS, TNT, CNN, DC Comics, Looney Tunes, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, etc.

    Wow, nice. Wonder how long they'll give you that?
     
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