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Old 10-19-2014, 08:54 AM   #61
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Yah, Texas Proud, that would be great if we all understood the pricing model the cable company (or Netflix, or Hulu+) uses. Unfortunately, like everything retail, some channels subsidize other channels, and the service company has a profit built it as well.

So, you get one layer of service with the cable company that includes 40 channels - mostly ones not too interesting, but three to five that basically are useful to you (those 5 pay for the other 35). That means you're paying $60 a month for the 5 channels that have some usefulness, and and the other 35 are free!

But if you really want some additional channels in the next tier, you have to pay the added $20 for another 50 channels, of which you only wanted three. And $30 for another 50 channels in Tier 3.

The cable company could get you an a la carte menu, but the pricing would be much different: Like
$60 for the basic channels
$10 per month for each channel in Tier 2,
$20 per month for each channel in Tier 3. Pretty soon, you're looking at:

$60 (sorry sir it's the minimum charge + the taxes don't forget those!)
$20 for the 2 channels in tier 2 you want
$40 for the 2 channels in tier 3 you want
So, $120 + taxes per month for cable a la carte

You can have it your way!

I don't know what you pay, but I pay $60 a month for basic plus tier 2 channels (and I don't care about what they have in tier 3).

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But I do not see the prices like you do...

Say $20 to have you connected.... (maybe $10)... maybe $10 for local channels (maybe less)... and then you buy only the 5 or 10 channels you want at say $1 each and maybe $5 for ESPNs many channels... total of $45 instead of the $70ish I pay now...


And we all know that they can charge much less than what they do since they ALWAYS have a special going on for new customers.... and half the price we are paying..... or even less....
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Old 10-19-2014, 10:53 AM   #62
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Live sports are the only thing that keep us from cutting cable.

Every year I call Scamcast and re-initiate the new customer rate by threatening to go to Dish. Little bit of a PITA ... but it keeps the cable and internet to about $100/mo.

That said, I am rehabing the basement at the lake in a game room theme and will have a flat panel screen on the wall with a Roku. Between Roku and a Slingbox we get what we want at the lake. Really not interested in 2 cable bills.
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:37 PM   #63
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But I do not see the prices like you do...

Say $20 to have you connected.... (maybe $10)... maybe $10 for local channels (maybe less)... and then you buy only the 5 or 10 channels you want at say $1 each and maybe $5 for ESPNs many channels... total of $45 instead of the $70ish I pay now...


And we all know that they can charge much less than what they do since they ALWAYS have a special going on for new customers.... and half the price we are paying..... or even less....
Interesting Idea! First year service is a loss leader, and they don't make money on the customer. But they do when you get past the first year.

I think there is a lot to be said for wanting to pay for only what you use. I do that with cell phone service, using a pay as you go provider. Using the phone service is relatively inexpensive, but buying the cell phone is not!

But I suspect that to make the minimum profit that cable companies need to pay salaries and re-invest in the technology, a la carte pricing will be a lot higher. I think if you could get a reduction for the channels you don't want, the credit would be significantly less than you think it should be.

Bottom-line: fiber optic cable (or satellites) and maintaining that network is not cheap - the content that goes over the network is cheap, as you've discovered.

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HOAs might not be able to prevent it, if it falls within the FAA's Over-the-Air rules:

Over-the-Air Reception Devices Rule | FCC.gov
HOAs have been taken to court over this. They cannot prevent people from putting up an antenna to receive TV.
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I'm living in an over 55 retirement community in PA. We are restricted as to our telephone, cable company and internet provider. I was very happy to read that info in the Verge. We get over charged for it all and cannot change. I would very much like to use another carrier. Is this bundling lawful in PA?

I'll stayed tuned to this thread.:
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