HBO Now has been a point of (polite) contention around here.
It’s great that HBO is finally getting with the times and offering a standalone streaming service for us cord-cutters ($1,930 saved and counting). But at $15, it’s hard for me to swallow.
Sure, that’s not much. It’s actually less than if you buy HBO through a cable provider. But when you only pay $8 for to watch all your other current seasons — thank you, Hulu! — that seems like a lot.
Given our need to save, I’m willing to wait for Game of Thrones to come out on Netflix. Yes, a year of waiting (and dodging spoilers) sucks. But, not to beat a dead horse, HBO Now is 50% of what we pay for all of our entertainment: $8 for Hulu, $23 for Netflix, $0 for YouTube.
I was able to put my foot down for a bit since we don’t have Apple TV. I told Tim there was no way I was paying $180 a year to watch on an iPad Mini.
But I was stymied on Friday night. Tim came up with a counter-proposal. A really good one.
As you may recall, Marc and Nadine decided to get Dish again once Marc started getting his own Social Security check. So, Tim reasoned, what if they added HBO temporarily, thereby giving us HBO Go on Roku?
In a last-ditch effort, I pointed out that we’re already mostly through the season. The past episodes might not be available! But it only took him a couple of minutes to verify that they were.
And IMDB showed that the last two episodes would air within the next two weeks. Meaning it’d be $20 to give Tim the current GoT season he wanted so badly.
I had hoped that Dish would offer a three-month trial of HBO, as it had when his parents first signed up for Dish, but no such luck. Still… Twenty dollars.
That’s the cost of two movie tickets. It’s not even the cost of a sit-down dinner at casual restaurant. Both of which would be gone in a day. Compared to a month’s entertainment — and just the one month.
Like I said, a tough proposition to argue. So I didn’t bother trying.
Instead, we watched the eight episodes over the weekend and will watch the last episodes as soon as they post. As a bonus, we don’t have to wait for Netflix to get the last season of True Blood.
Have you made any financial compromises lately? What other series should we check out? (I’ve vetoed Oz. I know it’s good but…no.)