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Time Warner Cable next to embrace cheap HBO bundle

on December 3, 2013

Gigaom

Time Warner Cable(s twc) (TWC) is experimenting with cheaper bundles to keep people from cancelling cable: The pay TV provider just introduced a Starter TV with HBO bundle that includes access to 20 channels, including local broadcasters in HD, as well as HBO and HBO Go, for $30 a month (hat tip to Lightreading). TWC is the second cable company to experiment with this kind of cheap bundle after Comcast started offering a similar bundle in October.

As with the Comcast(s cmcsa) bundle, it’s worth noting that the actual price on a consumer’s monthly bill won’t be $30. In order to actually watch any of these local channels, consumers still need to rent a cable box, which currently costs $10 a month.

Add various fees and taxes, and you’ll more likely end up with a monthly bill of around $45 to $50 — and that doesn’t even…

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