As an update to a prior post about Time Warner Cable offering free HBO on Sunday for an inauguration special, several other TV services now plan to do the same thing.
The HBO event, called “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” is exclusive to HBO. The main event starts at 11:30 a.m. California time, with a rebroadcast at 7 p.m ET and PT. It’s also available online at HBO.com during those times.
Here are the TV companies that plan to offer HBO for free on Sunday and beyond.
U-Verse, the TV service from AT&T, will offer HBO for free all day Sunday until midnight. HBO is on Channel 802. U-Verse also plans to send a text message on Saturday to U-verse customers who opted to receive U-verse news mobile alerts.
FiOS, the TV service from Verizon, is offering free HBO to users on channel 400.
DISH Networks will make HBO free during the 11:30 a.m. concert and 7 p.m. rebroadcast. Tune into channel 300 (HBO East) or Channel 303 (HBO West). As a bonus, customers of its 100-channel plan will get free access to a screen that shows mini screens of six channels simultaneously during Tuesday’s inaugeration ceremoney.
DirecTV does one better. It is offering free HBO today through Jan. 18 on Channels 70, 501 and 504. On Sunday, of course, the HBO special will begin broadcasting at 11:30 a.m. And, of course, DirecTV offers a handy link for customers to record the special on a DVR.
And as mentioned yesterday, Time Warner Cable. Here are details for digital cable customers who don’t already get HBO:
Cox Communications customers in Orange County are out of luck on the HBO freebie. While Cox customers in other parts of the country will get HBO free on Sunday, the local branch doesn’t plan to offer the show for free.
Check out the OC Register’s special Obama Transition section: