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How to Get Free HBO

November 27, 2007 12:42 PM

I just got free HBO for a year. Yep, feeling pretty good. Want to know how you can do it too? Pick up the phone and call Comcast. Yep, that’s it.

Oh, sure, you’ll need to tell the customer service rep something about how your sister or brother or dog or babysitter or neighbor in Idaho or down the street or maybe even in Hawaii just got a six-month promotion on HBO, Showtime, Starz, and, why not, throw in Glamour and Rolling Stone and maybe even some Aveda hair products and a lifetime supply of toothpaste for good measure.

Point is—it’s about that scientific.

So here’s what happened. When “Entourage” ended this summer and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” tanked this fall, I dropped HBO and picked up Showtime instead because I love “Californication.”

Then just this past weekend, my sister in law, who lives ten minutes away, told me she got a deal for HBO, Showtime, Starz and other digital cable nets for about $91 a month from Comcast.

So I picked up the phone yesterday to call Comcast and see if I could score such a deal, thus getting my HBO back but at a much lower rate.

Comcast had no knowledge whatsoever of such an offer in our area—we live in the same county!—so the rep was unable to give me the same deal.

But would I like HBO for a year for free instead?

I said yes. Obviously.

And now I am passing the tip on. You can try it too.

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Comments (3)

how come i'm always the last to know?

tony almonte:

is that prior commenter Jeff Bewkes?

Krasinski:

I GET FREE HBO FOR 3 MONTHS WITH RCN AND THEY GAVE ME SHOWTIME AND CINEMAX AND STARZ FOR $2.00 EXTRA A MONTH WHAT A DEAL THE INCLUDED THAT PRICE TO MY DIGITAL VISION PACKAGE I WAS PAYING $14 FOR DIGITAL VISION NOW IM PAYING $16 FOR IT, BECAUSE IT INCLUDE THE MOVIES CHANNELS, YES YOU COULD GET ALL THE MOVIE CHANNELS ALA CART BUT THAT WOULD BE EXSPENSIVE. HBO IS $17.95 per month SHOWTIME IS $16.95 per month STARZ IS $11.95 per month CINEMAX IS $11.95 per month THIS ARE THE PRICES FOR RCN MOVIE PACKAGES,

PLUS WE GET 60 EXTRA CHANNELS WITH DIGITAL VISION

NOT INCLUDING THE MOVIE CHANNELS

THE SISTER IN LAW ON THIS SITE THAT GETS COMCAST FOR $91 A MONTH DOES THAT INCLUDE DIGITAL TIER PACKAGE

TELL ME WHO CAN BEAT THIS DEAL,

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