How to watch the latest season of Dexter and Homeland for almost nothing!

Not everyone knows this, but Comcast offers Premium Channels such as SHOtime and HBO on a “pro-rated basis”. What this means is, if you are savvy, you can watch full seasons of the latest, hottest TV shows, for practically less than the cost of one DVD rental. I just watched all of Dexter, Homeland  and Boardwalk Empire next to nothing.

Here’s how you do it.

You call Comcast (1-800-266-2278) and activate a premium channel, in this case let’s say it’s SHOtime. The current promotion, at the time of this writing, is $10/month for your first 12 months.

You will be charged a one-time fee of $1.99 for activating the channel. OK, so be it.

Now, if you go to your On-Demand menu, and look up your Premium Channel for SHOtime, you will see that they have stored all of the episodes from the most recent season of “Dexter”, or the new hit show, “Homeland.”

You can now start at episode 1, and watch the whole series in order. Then when you are done, you can call Comcast back and cancel the service. You will only be charged for the days you’ve used, at the rate of $10/month, or $0.33/day.

In my case, I activated Shotime last week after reading that Barack Obama thought Homeland was one of the best shows on TV. A quick google search showed me that the program aired on SHOtime, and that the final episode was this Sunday. I looked through my guide and I could see all of the episodes were available for SHO time subscribers. I activated the service and then spent a week watching all 12 episodes.

As soon as I was done, I canceled the service. In all it cost me $4.66 to see the whole series. $1.99 was for the upfront fee, and then $2.67 was the pro-rated cost of 8 days of SHOtime.

If I waited for the DVD version of the season to come out at my local video store, I’m sure there would have been 4 or 5 discs at a rental cost of $4.99 each. Doing it this way let me watch them all for a sixth of the cost.

We hope this helps some of you save some money on your Comcast Bills!

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