Viable solutions I don't know what other solutions there are, since even other entities (satellite tv, fios, etc) are doing the same thing. Isn't competition a good thing?
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TamaraBQuestion The Current ParadigmPremium
Options like what? You still need broadband from somewhere to enjoy Cable quality entertainment. Right?
Comcast in denial I'll stick to my Internet (24.95), phone through VoIp.ms (only 50.00 for the year), and FREE HD TV via HD Antenna or online.
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They learned at the feet of the masters Cable TV has now arrived at the point where telcos found themselves ten years ago...the wireline product can no longer support absurdly high prices. Whether that is due to the economy sucking is irrelevant. They are not adapting to reality and instead are whistling past the graveyard while the grim reaper follows behind in the shadows. Trying to redefine the early evidence of a failing business model in press releases instead of addressing it head-on reveals corporate hubris, arrogance and laziness.
If they are smart they'll take a look at what happened to their buddies in the twisted-pair business and wake up. $150 a month to watch TV is absurd.
Less than 3% 622,000 sounds like a lot, but it's less that 3% of their subscribers. 3% does not a mutiny make.
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Santa Cruz, CA
Cost too much They sucked me in with the teaser rate of 29.99 a mo. Right after that they changed the tiers so the channels I liked were on a more expensive tier so it went to 45.XX a mo.
Then I'm enjoying my cable tv a little less because of price hike and whammo, the bill jumps to 71.XX. I call them up and try to get a lower price but was denied. 3 mo later I cancelled.
I'm happy with OTA HD and Netflix now, total cost = 12.01 a mo.
I expect comcast will still do well without my subscription and others that wont pay thier outrageous prices, they will only make 40 billion instead of 50 billion.
Fort Myers, FL
False numbers Comcast is not being totally honest in the number of cable TV subscribers they actually have. They count me as a cable TV subscriber even though I never use their cable.
I do, however, use Comcast Internet. Their pricing structure is rigged so that Internet or Internet with very basic cable costs the same.
Internet only, about $60. Internet with very basic cable $42. Internet with very basic cable $60.
So, even though I never use the cable I am counted as a cable subscriber. I use off the air HD and Dish Network. I would need another cable to watch the cable which I have no reason to do. I could not even begin to guess how many customers are in the same position as me.
And if Comcast thinks their price is not the reason I don't use them for all my TV service, well to put it gently they have their head in the sand. It would cost me about $50 a month more from Comcast to get what I get from Dish.
And as an aside, the Comcast DVR can't touch the Dish VIP722 DVR which will record up to three channels at once and let me watch a pre-recorded show at the same time. I have two of them and Comcast can't compete with that.
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Comcast video revenue continues to rise, but it is based on upselling basic video subscribers on more costly digital & premium tiers and options like DVRs. Continuing loss of the basic video customers WILL in the future cut in to that revenue rise. And this isn't some short term thing like Comcast says. It has been a VERY steady loss over the last 3 yrs as can be seen in their chart above.
But as people drop video subscriptions in the future to get their TV/Video from the internet, Comcast will still get that traffic from their Internet subscribers. And guess what folks, revenue losses on the TV side will be made up by RAISING PRICES for internet access. Either thru overage fees for exceeding caps or by going to a pay per byte system.
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reply to Boricua65
Re: Viable solutions
said by Boricua65:Most of these providers are looking to lure people into their service with low prices and then jack the prices up 6 months later. Every one of these video providers are priced similarly after their promotional pricing is over.
I don't want other solutions there are, since even other entities (satellite tv, fios, etc) are doing the same thing. Isn't competition a good thing?
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dahh...really!? Change it from comcast to exspensivecast. Its nice to see its finally catching up.
Change the penalty fee for not having tv service from 15 to 10 and I will come back for internet service.
reply to Bobcat79
Re: Less than 3% If at first you don't succeed, redefine what you did as a success...
One-box soultion If someone wanted to make a lot of money, they'd but together a box that has an OTA tuner, Boxee, Netflix, an open IPTV platform, and a DVR, all working together. Build that, sell it cheap, and people will be beating down your door.
I firmly believe that the main thing keeping people on cable is the lack of a simple, comprehensive alternative that non-geeks can get and set up on their own.
reply to Linklist
Re: Not cord cutting; but TV video cutting
said by Linklist:Maybe, but maybe not. It would be hard to justify as access costs continue to fall. Regardless, Comcast has set themselves up well, leaving them plenty of room to navigate.
.....revenue losses on the TV side will be made up by RAISING PRICES for internet access.....
Margins on all their services is still very high, and they could (as they all will IMO) save some dimes per subscriber by dropping channels. Ignoring the NBC merger, Comcast's Sports Net channels are successful and a major deal or two away from creating real competition and a lot of headaches for ESPN and FOX Sports in the major markets.
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reply to ISurfTooMuch
Re: One-box soultion The only thing keeping that back are the people who produce the content in the first place.
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reply to wcweaver
Re: False numbers
said by wcweaver:This is basically a big fat lie to their advertisers, saying they have x amount of eyeballs in order to inflate their prices for showing ads. I guess they learned that if their subscribers, the FCC and Wall Street will swallow their lies, so will advertisers.
Comcast is not being totally honest in the number of cable TV subscribers they actually have. They count me as a cable TV subscriber even though I never use their cable.
I think ALL (most at least) cable providers did raise rates twice a year during these hard times. I had RCN for a while and they raised fees in the beginning of this year. I look at their website and they still don't provide pricing for DOCSIS 3.0 on their website for Chicago, even though I remember they upgraded the node I was connected to (at Hancock tower).
It's a number of factors.... Whatever you call it. I'm a cord cutter.
Set up OTA as insurance against cable failure (happened last earthquake for a few days). Discovered that the signal was much cleaner - so it's a picture quality issue.
Got a roku box and found that I was watching Netflix much more than cable channels - so it's an alternative source issue.
Content on cable channels gradually got dumbed down - The Learning Channel is now a multiple birth reality show channel. Arts & Entertainment is Gene Simmons. There's no M in MTV any longer. - so it's a quality issue.
Had to contact customer service for a few questions. Surley CSR's who gave wrong answers and were no help at all - so it's a customer service issue.
Got my bill on a monthly basis and realized that I'm not really using or enjoying a service I pay for - so it's an economic issue.
Catagorize me however you wish, but I call myself a cord cutter
Cutting the Cord Maybe the question needs to be what are the other forms of defection. Are people cutting TV and opting to stay with just internet and phone, or are people cutting back on the service tiers for TV.
Even if there isn't an epidemic of cord cutting, there's a growing consumer backlash against constant rate hikes by programmers and the padding of bills for boxes.
It is quite possible that Comcast doesn't really care about the TV defections, they'll just offset the losses by increasing broadband and phone fees.
reply to 56403739
Re: They learned at the feet of the masters It doesn't cost you 150.00 buck to watch tv. You basic package usally cost about 70 bucks after taxes. Now if you want dvr and hd and premium channels that is when it jumps into 150.00 range.
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