Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8:01PM
Your Computer Guy

The long awaited, over the top, internet only version of HBO is here now on Apple TV, this weekend on Sling TV, and soon, everywhere!

Finally, HBO without being "tethered" to a pay TV account. That means that you can, for $15 per month, binge watch HBO like you've all wanted to do.....forever. You don't have to log in with your satellite/cable TV credentials anymore. There is of course, still HBO GO. But the point is that you can be a cable cutter and with only an  high speed internet connection (and $15  month) enjoy some of the best TV currently being produced!

This is BIG news. I know, Sling TV was out first. And CBS All Access for you NCIS freaks. But HBO is what we all wanted. And now have. So, if you're a "cutter", you could pay $7.99/month for Netflix, $20 for Sling TV, and $15 for HBO NOW. That's $42.99 a month and you could get most of what you probably watch.You could add $7.99 for HULU Plus and maybe Amazon Prime On Demand(free to Prime subscribers). But it does start to add up quickly.

Lets be honest. In the end you may pay as much to the various "over the top" services as you did for your traditional package. But, with a little fine tuning, I think you can get most of your wants fulfilled for far less. 

I'm guessing that your current TV package is a lot more than $42.99 a month. And you should factor in your ISP's monthly fee. So, in my case I was paying $70 to ATT for UVerse high speed internet only (no phone or TV) and $152 to Directv (no premium channels). So I was shelling out about $222 a month for TV and internet. It is now $70 to ATT, $8 to Netflix, $20 to Sling TV, $15 to HBO, $8 to Hulu Plus, and $7 to CBS All Access. That's $128 a month. I also get Amazon Prime On Demand "free" because I am a Prime subscriber. But even at the current $99 a year for that service, if I add it in the mix, that's only $136.25!  A substantial savings.

Now, I get nowhere near the number of channels I used to. And live sports is still a weak spot. But if I add an over the air antenna and get my locals for free again, most of that problem is alleviated. And streaming sports is coming too, albeit at a slower pace. There is MLB, NHL, and NBA now as a pay package. Can the NFL be far behind? This past Super Bowl was streamed. And one of the 2015 London games will probably be also. The favorite is the Bills/Jaguars on Oct. 25 but nothing final as of yet.

You can see where this is going. More choices to see what you want without a lot of what you don't. In the end it probably won't be cheaper but you will have the option to add or delete services when YOU want. And that is better for everyone.


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