| |TamaraBQuestion The Current ParadigmPremium
Options like what? You still need broadband from somewhere to enjoy Cable quality entertainment. Right?
| |rchandraStargate Universe fanPremium
| Better yet, don't pay for WMC, and use MythTV instead. That way, you don't have the cost of MS Windows, and enjoy gobs of other freedoms as well.|
'course, the only hitch unfortunately are those dang cable boxes. With the migration to SDV and the content producers and distributors still extremely nervous about me taking my MythTV files and posting them to YouTube or something, it's unfortunate but true that I will not likely be able to buy any tuner cards which can cope with these cable system changes. I sure wish they'd wise up and realize I just want the content; I'm not looking to distribute it. I want to watch it on my system, with my programming, and my storage, on my network, with my MySQL backend...you're probably getting the picture. Using Time-Warner's (for me) DVR is total compromise to whatever THEY want. Sigh...otherwise, I have to set up IR Blasters and hope they work right.
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Re: Less than 3% If at first you don't succeed, redefine what you did as a success...
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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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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.
Not cord cutting; but TV video cutting »files.shareholder.com/downloads/···6.10.pdf
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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Re: Not cord cutting; but TV video cutting
said by FFH: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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Re: comcast will lose alot more if CSN phlly goes to sat tv!
said by castsucks :That's about the only thing that keeps me with them.
comcast will lose alot more if CSN phlly goes to sat tv!
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.
Re: Non-Complacence People like Comcast TV service. They have good channels, the ON Demand is great. The price sucks though. While every other industry is lowering the price in America (food/beverage, Auto, Airlines, etc) we have companies like Comcast raising the price twice a year.
People will cancel cable and keeping internet for downloading torrents and Netflix. The Gouging is over and unless Cable/SAT providers realize this they will be losing more and more customers. For those that don't completely cancel the cable all together, the good majority of customers are now jumping from company to company for promotions. It will get worse and worse for them as younger, more tech savy people who grew up using the internet know how to access content for free. The problem is all the major providers are corporations. They can't lower prices and say we will have to survive on making less money. They constantly are pushing for more profit year after year for stock holders or the executives will lose their jobs. How do you increase profits other than raising prices? It really is vicious cycle.
The only thing that is going to save the pay TV industry is coming up with reasonably priced packages where people can pick what channels they want. I would be just fine with Locals, ESPN, CSN, SCIFI, FX, COM CENT, HIST, and DISCOVERY. IF I could pick those channels and pay a flat rate of about 25-30 a month regular price I"d have no problem. Why these companies think they can get away with charging double/triple that price for channels people don't want is beyond me. It seems by the cancel rate the companies are beginning to understand that to.