I would concur with what @Meowmix has been saying here.
HBO is an american network, broadcast here under licensing managed by Bell Media until after 2020 and each broadcaster negotiates with them how they want to manage their mix of HBO, TMN (which is owned by Bell Media), and the other options like Encore and the French version.
In this announcement on MobileSyrup https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/10/01/rogers-cravetv-tmn-hbo-packages/
They indicate an update to the original announcement, that every broadcaster is now able to bundle TMN, HBO and Crave together as one package. If you were to look at VMedia and other broadcasters across the country that offer TMN + HBO, you will find differing mixes available and pricing, so each broadcaster probably chooses what pricing and mix based upon the licencing agreement with Bell Media.
But back to the unfortunate circumstances for those who signed up for the year at the reduced price earlier this year, or have multi month subscriptions, reading the terms for crave on their website, Bell Media has no obligation to refund any prepaid services, irrespective of the period.
So this is not a Rogers issue, it is the unfortunate case of timing and not knowing the future.
As said, it can't hurt to contact Crave and discuss whether there are options, but the reality is that for some they are caught in the situation of making a subscription purchase from Crave in an attempt to keep their prices down, and then a new offer came along with this new bundling that I just learned is being offered through all providers.
Bell currently offers the same package, but it is 25.00 so we may see a small increase at some point depending upon how the licensing agreement was written up.
So give a try and see if you can get a courtesy credit, it can't hurt. Worst is that you are in the same situation you were in before the announcement came out, and at the end of your current subscription, hopefully the current package price coming in November will apply. And hopefully it will be like Shomi was and available on our set top boxes, both current cable and the Ignite TV without requiring a separate device for an App to access Crave. If not, I will pick up an Android TV box which will ultimately open up options for me as I consider whether I will ultimately cut the cord. But as I mentioned in an earlier post, this change provides me with more options to consider as my goal is to get the lowest price possible which may ultimately mean cutting the cord.
This from a person who has become a total cynic about telecom in general. Reading the articles, there is a lot of changes occurring with over the top services, and on set top devices and things like anyplace TV service provisions.
It is one of those, that pricing and options changed after some had made decisions that made the most sense at the time.
So is this is what's happening at Rogers too? Dropping the Encore channels and I suspect the TMN networks will be trimmed down from its 4 channels.
I just wish someone would come out with a 4K channel for current movies! With no more rental stores options, a The Movie Network style 4K channel would be great!
Agree 100%! I also hound Bell and TMN once a week about a 4K channel, lol In my area, the last rental store closed down last summer, and my only rental option that I found is Apple 4K store, but no way I'm paying almost $10 a movie!