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Time Warner Cable Follows Comcast’s Lead Offering HBO With “Starter” Cable TV

Phillip Dampier November 27, 2013 Consumer News 6 Comments

Time Warner Cable is following Comcast offering customers that don’t care about the majority of cable channels the opportunity to subscribe to HBO with a bare bones cable TV package.

“Starter TV” offers a stripped down package of 20 channels, mostly local over-the-air stations for $19.99 a month for the first year targeting cord-cutters and cord-nevers that don’t subscribe to television packages. A bundle including Starter TV and HBO is now being marketed on Time Warner Cable’s home page for $29.99 a month.

Time Warner Cable has dropped the "digital TV"-branded plans in favor of "Preferred TV."

Time Warner Cable has dropped the “digital TV”-branded plans in favor of “Preferred TV.”

The lineup in many cities may include fewer than 20 channels, depending on the number of local broadcasters. But most customers will get:

  • starter tvLocal ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, and CW stations;
  • Galavision, Telemundo and Univision (Spanish), either as a national feed or from a local affiliate, if any;
  • C-SPAN 1/2/3;
  • QVC, ShopNBC, and HSN home shopping channels;
  • TBN

There are a variety of associated equipment fees that will raise the final price well above $30 a month, but for those who just want HBO and local broadcasters, Time Warner Cable is providing a way to avoid paying for lots of networks many customers never watch.

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10 years ago

How about a dozen cable channels of my own choosing for $20 a month, with no dishonest below-the-line fees? Maybe then I’ll come back.

Loons in June
Loons in June
10 years ago

Good luck with that.

10 years ago

Anyone who thinks this is a deal should be slapped.

99% of these channels they already broadcast in Clear QAM and they want to charge you at least $20 for these crappy channels. Wow thanks TW!!

10 years ago

Still A Poor Experiment At The Moment So Maybe The CableCo’s Are Finally Starting To “Get It!”

10 years ago

Drop the Spanish (Galavision, Telemundo and Univision) cr_p, this is the USA NOT Mexico.

Gene Venable
Gene Venable
9 years ago
Reply to  Nathan

It used to be Mexico. They got here first.

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