Yes, You Can Get HBO Without Cable (Sort Of) Cable companies accommodate cord cutters By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jul 16, 2014 4:19 PM CDT 28 comments Comments This image released by HBO shows Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan) (Newser) – Are you a would-be cord-cutter who wishes you could buy access to HBO Go without having cable? Well you sort-of can—with a little help from your cable company. Yes, most major cable providers are offering semi-secret packages that include Internet, a token bare-minimum cable package, and HBO, reports Geoffrey Fowler at the Wall Street Journal. "It's like ordering off the secret menu at In-and-Out Burger—you have to know what to ask for," Fowler explains. Here's what to ask for: Comcast: Internet Plus Time Warner Cable: Starter TV+HBO and an Internet plan Verizon: 50/25 Mbps + Local News and Sports + HBO AT&T: HBO Internet Plus Of course, if you already have a more robust cable package, be careful. Because, as we learned this week, calling to downgrade your service can seriously suck.