Tag Archive for ‘HBO’

Getting Free HBO With Your AT&T Unlimited Plus Account Without Paying for DirecTV Now ➝

If you’re interested in AT&T’s free HBO deal, but don’t want to pay for DirecTV Now, it is possible. And Thaddeus Hunt does a great job of running through the steps necessary to make it happen. From his piece on the subject:

There was still the elephant in the room though – how do you get a login account for a video service without paying for another subscription?

The good news is that you can, but it sure as hell isn’t obvious.

I’ve been on AT&T’s true unlimited data plan since the iPhone launched in 2007. That is, until just a few days ago when my wife and I switched to this new Unlimited Plus plan. It was mostly financially motivated — over the past year or two the old unlimited plans went from $30 a month to $40. All told, moving to this new plan should save us about $25 on our cellular bill.

Having the Unlimited Plus plan also means that we can finally use tethering on our iPhones — a feature that has been around for years, but AT&T never enabled it for unlimited data customers. On trips with questionable Wi-Fi access, I’ll now be able to share my iPhone’s data connection with my iPad, which reduces the likelihood of me ever owning an iPad with cellular connectivity to nearly zero.

Before signing up for the new plan I made a list of a small handful of question and called AT&T for some clarification. The biggest question I had was about the free HBO that they had been advertising — will I have to subscribe to DirecTV Now in order to receive it?

I had the same experience as Thaddeus — the representative lied, telling me that I had to subscribe to one of AT&T’s video services in order to receive the free HBO deal. Disappointed, I ended up switching my plan anyway — I really wanted access to tethering and the cost savings was just too high to ignore.

After mentioning the decision on Twitter, my buddy Matthew Lanier walked me through the process of signing up for DirecTV Now without having to pay for a subscription. I still can’t believe how terrible AT&T’s messaging has been about this deal, but I’m glad to have some new features tied to my cellular service and save some money along the way.

Crossy Road on Apple TV Commercial ➝

Apple released five new ads, each featuring a different media app or games. The aforelinked one is my favorite of the bunch, but the others are great, too — Asphalt 8, Disney Infinity, HBO NOW, and Netflix.

JustWatch ➝

A really neat streaming search engine that shows you what Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and others have to offer. You can select the services you have access to and it will only show you content available from those sources.

HBO Now Highlights Hypocrisy in Apple’s No Porn Rules ➝

Sam Oliver, writing for AppleInsider:

This time around, there’s no need to log in with cable credentials — Apple is essentially selling porn through iTunes.

There’s nothing wrong with porn, of course. The only thing wrong is Apple’s double standard.

HBO gets away with it because Apple needs what HBO has. Could Apple have muscled a deal in without including pornographic content? Maybe, but they didn’t.

It struck me as odd when I launched HBO Now on my Apple TV and noticed the Late Night section. But, I expect apple held HBO Now to the standards they have for music, movies, and TV shows, rather than the standards they have for applications. HBO Now is packaged as an application on iOS devices, but it feels more akin to media sales than app sales. Or, maybe this is a sign of a loosening of the purse strings on explicit material in the App Store.

HBO Now Arrives on Apple TV and App Store ➝

A few of my Twitter friends had problems signing up earlier today, but I didn’t have any trouble when I tried it tonight. I plan on taking full advantage of the free 30 day trial to see if it’s worth my $14.99 every month. Silicon Valley is the only series I’m interested in at the moment so it really comes down to how often I watch movies or comedy specials on the service.

It appears as though customers will be able to sign up and cancel their subscription anytime. Which means you could subscribe while HBO is airing new episodes of your favorite show and cancel once the season is over. I expected HBO to require new users to commit to an arbitrary number of months when they sign up — I’m happy they didn’t do so.

I subscribed to the service using my Apple TV, but you can also do so through the HBO Now app available in the App Store.

Apple TV and HBO Now ➝

Today at Apple’s media event, HBO CEO Richard Plepler announced a new stand-alone streaming media service called HBO Now. The service will launch exclusively on Apple devices (John Paczkowski claims the exclusivity deal will last three months) starting at $14.99 a month, with users who sign up in April getting their first month free.

Alongside the HBO announcement, Apple also dropped the price for the Apple TV down to $69. I have two Apple TVs in my house and use them everyday — trust me, if you don’t own an Apple TV, $69 is a steal.

First Episode of ‘Silicon Valley’ ➝

HBO put the first episode of Silicon Valley on their YouTube channel earlier this week. I finally had a chance to watch it last night and it’s very good. This is the kind of show that makes me miss having cable.

TWC Offers HBO with Basic Cable for $30 a Month ➝

Seems like a pretty good deal but I’d rather them offer a plan similar to Comcast’s HBO plus internet plan. I’m not really interested in having cable television.