Yes, You Can Get HBO Without Cable (Sort Of)
Cable companies accommodate cord cutters
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 16, 2014 4:19 PM CDT
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.