Originally Posted by dlcrouch
I really want to watch The Pacific on HBO, so i contacted Comcast over web chat to see if they have any special offers on HBO. They told me they didn't and the regular price is $ 19.99 / mo. But - the rep did tell me she could cut the price on Digital Starter from 54.50 to 39.99 for 6 months.
I'll never figure this company out.
The "major players", i.e., Comcast, Dish Network and DirecTV, by design
do not offer identical (comparable) packages thereby making it virtually impossible to make apples-to-apples comparisons. Even from one customer to the next with near identical packages there can be large disparities. For example one customer may be in a promotional deal, another customer may be locked-in (or grandfathered) with a specific bundle that's no longer offered. Someone else may (foolishly) be in an a la carte subscription and the next one may have a commercial account. I honestly don't understand how they keep track.
We today have satellite (Dish Ntwk) because their ads are indeed correct, they're cheaper. Both satellite providers also have far more HD channels than Comcast, in spite of Comcast's ads to the contrary. It's a play on words. Comcast may well have a larger library of movies available in HD, but they absolutely do not have more HD channels
Regardless of service provider, when pricing-out various packages and equipment options it's still almost impossible to come up with the same figures as what's actually shown on your monthly bill. That's not by accident, by the way, but in my opinion it's deceptive and should therefore be illegal.
Example, we recently dropped both HBO and Cinemax, but our monthly satellite bill went down only $6. However, if I now want to add HBO and Cinemax back, it's an additional $20. Something's very wrong here.
As for Comcast, our HOA has a bulk billing agreement with them, which is very advantageous for our residents BUT
because of this we are unable to participate in any of Comcasts' promotional deals (for TV).
So why do I subscribe to satellite when Comcast is heavily discounted (per the HOA bulk billing arrangement)? Do you really have to ask?