Who knows if everyone sharing HBO Go passwords in college dorm rooms will pull out their debit card and sign up. It’s a toss up. I’m inclined to believe they will.
I'm inclined to think they won't. $15 seems too high. $10 would have been the sweet spot - a few dollars above the $8/month Netflix charges.
If you're keeping score, that's $20 a month for AMC, ESPN and a few Turner networks thru Sling TV1, then another $15 for HBO. Add in $8 for Netflix and $8 for HuluPlus on top of that for your basic Broadcast channels and the total bill per month is at $51. Hmmm…this is getting expensive and you haven't even paid your internet bill yet, so tack on another $40-$60 there as well. Suddenly the bill is now over $100 a month.
UPDATE: Speaking today at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom investor conference, CBS Corp. chief Leslie Moonves gave an update on the CBS Streaming service that charges $6 a month by saying it is doing "extremely well". A bigger announcement though was the confirmation that Showtime is also going to launch a streaming only service to compete with the newly announced HBO NOW with pricing still TBD. I'm guessing it'll definitely be around the same as HBO.
- Sling's channel lineup: ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, CNN, El Rey, Galavision, Maker Network ↩