How Can You Get HBO Without Cable? Here’s How, Step by Step

Nov 5, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Most television shows are still available to cord-cutters, via services such as iTunes or Amazon.com, which allow purchases of recent episodes, but one network has held out: HBO, reports The Wall Street Journal’s Martin Peers.

Peers warns, however, that the process is not easy — nor is it cheap.

Peers writes: "While someone willing to wait a few months could rent a DVD or buy an episode on iTunes, diehard fans who want to catch the latest episode of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ or ‘Game of Thrones’ as soon as it is available have had little choice but to subscribe to pay TV. (Well, they could engage in piracy, but that’s another story.)"

But Peers adds that he "can report a triumph of the modern media age: Last Friday I became a cord cutter who is getting HBO."

As summed up by New York Magazine’s Vulture, here’s how Peers did it:

• Be a Verizon FiOS customer.
• Cancel your cable set-top box service.
• Keep your super-fast (and pricey) broadband service and basic channel package.
• Pay a promotional $10-per-year price for HBO access.
• Speak to a lackadaisical customer-service representative who really doesn’t care whether or not you have a cable set-top box to properly access HBO through.
• Watch HBO on your laptop or TV through HBO Go. Be a hero to your children.
• Hope that this isn’t just a loophole that Verizon is working to immediately close.
• Still pay $85 a month to watch ‘Boardwalk Empire.’

Peers sums up: "So far, I couldn’t claim to be saving boatloads of money — maybe $40 a month, not peanuts. But finally I’m only paying for what I watch, which is the point. That in my mind is value for money."

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2 Comments

  1. the reporter of this article is a complete dope. i pay $10 more than he does and get 200 other channels, phone, internet. the only story here is this hack reporter overpays to watch 1 show.

  2. I wrote a number of columns after the digital broadcast mandate took effect where I got rid of all pay TV services, kept broadband and used the digital receivers on the TV’s to get the OTA programming. It went so well that I never went back to cable/satellite TV (I can’t say I have dumped pay TV entirely as HULU & Netflix kind of count towards that).
    And will people stop whining about this ‘piracy’ bullshit? Yeah, HBO spends a shit-ton of cash producing GAME OF THRONES but they have never made their money back on the cable fees, it’s all in the ancillary sales and study after study has shown that these supposedly evil-to-the-core ‘pirates’ spend at least twice as much money on pre-recorded DVD’s than the assumed ‘saints’ who blindly fork over so much cash every month to idiotically run television providers that they could send their kids to college. Twice.
    It’s very simple, people: More eyeballs = increased sales of DVD’s & licensed merchandise. I am so sick of the industry bitching about something that’s making it far more money than it was before just because it doesn’t understand that newfangled interwebbie thing and is afraid to change the way it does business. It screams for protection every time the technology changes and every single time the thing the industry has fought tooth and nail against has wound up making it a substantial amount of money. Morons. If the industry can’t get their heads out their holes, they deserve to lose however much they claim to be losing (which is complete bullshit).

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