As a customer of Time Warner, some of the most important information (free HBO this weekend!) comes to me via e-mail or snail mail, not as a reporter. For other TV services, I’ve got to hunt around.
Apparently, much of O.C. will get access to free HBO this weekend, starting Friday and ending, for most, on Monday. I’ve checked with the companies themselves, for the most part. See below for details.
YES: Cox Cable. HBO only (updated 6/11/09). Says the company, “All digital cable customers will have access to all HBO channels and HBO OnDemand. All Cox Digital Cable customers are eligible for the free preview. The offer runs from Friday, June 12- Monday, June 15. Also, digital cable customers that have HD service will also have access to the two HBO HD channels during this time. (Channel 700 & 701) Channel numbers that are open for viewing this weekend are HBO on 200,201, 206,207,208,209,210,211, 212 and HBO On Demand on channel 1.” Typically, Cox charges $12.99 for HBO, while two premium channels cost $18.50.
YES: Verizon FiOS will be offering the free HBO preview, from June 12 to June 16, or Friday to Tuesday.
Yes: DirectTV, but I haven’t gotten confirmation from the company. According to FreePreview.TV, a good source of what’s coming up for free. The site also says DirecTV users will get free Showtime, Starz and SportsPack channels, in addition to HBO and Cinemax. UPDATE: Commenter Eric Cooper (thanks Eric!), as well as FreePreview.TV, says the HBO promotion will be next weekend, June 18-21.
Also, FreePreview reports that Comcast subscribers are in luck, although the cable service is not available in Orange County.
And, of course, Time Warner Cable will be offering the free HBO/Cinemax preview. See earlier story.
Not happening: AT&T U-verse and Dish Network. Sorry folks.
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