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Comments on news posted 2011-11-04 16:33:56: Over the summer the cable industry paid a lot of lip service to lowering cable TV prices, insisting that they were very conscious how the recession and housing implosion left many users struggling. ..

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Boricua
Premium
join:2002-01-26
Sacramuerto

1 recommendation

You know...

wouldn't it be nice if many people decided to cancel their cable/FiOS/U-Verse subscription? If enough people did so, maybe then these providers will get the message that raising prices is not the way to go. Alas, for many this would be near impossible .
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Duramax08
To The Moon
Premium
join:2008-08-03
San Antonio, TX
Impossible indeed, unless you go back to dialup, that would really show the ISP's you mean business!


G0d

@rr.com

it happens

This will continue to happen. Everyone acts so surprised every time it does. Costs go up everywhere so what makes you think your cable bill will always stay the same or better yet get cheaper? We just have to either accept it or get something different and pay for that.


FFH5
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5
reply to Boricua

Re: You know...

Even at the average $100/mo for Cable TV/Internet, cable is a cheap entertainment value. A family of 4 going out 2 nights a month for a movie or sports event plus eating would more than exceed the monthly cost of the cable $. And in a down economy, this is still a good deal.


Bill Neilson
Premium
join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA

This is where people scream that a company

can do whatever it wants, however it wants, whenever it wants and if anyone says otherwise? SOCIALIST! YOU HATE FREEDOM! AND PUPPIES!

No, not every company strives for the last, single dollar that it can get. Do companies want the best profits? Sure. But this nickle and dime crap is so far from every business that it sickens me to hear so many idiots continuing this "That is how business is done!" line whenever a company screws consumers


Bill Neilson
Premium
join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA
reply to Boricua

Re: You know...

said by Boricua:

wouldn't it be nice if many people decided to cancel their cable/FiOS/U-Verse subscription? If enough people did so, maybe then these providers will get the message that raising prices is not the way to go. Alas, for many this would be near impossible .

Many would need some sort of internet for work or family or something else. It is how I pay bills and talk to family, etc....and in many areas, people dont actually have legitimate companies competing with the main rival


BlueArcher
Premium
join:2003-03-11
Nashville, TN

ATTN: INSIGHT CUSTOMERS

You are welcome.

Sincerely,

Time Warner


45612019

join:2004-02-05
New York, NY
reply to Boricua

Re: You know...

FiOS is probably the most competitively priced multichannel video/Internet/phone bundle option in the United States.

AT&Trash and Comcap exploit their monopoly status though and cost a fortune for vastly inferior service to Verizon.

I agree with the sentiment that cable/shitverse need to be canceled but FiOS is okay for now.

tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
Reviews:
·ooma
·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS

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subscriber loss...

I hope the customer service line doesn't end up looking like the old AOL account cancellation problem from hell!

BTW, Comcast, Time Warner and Cablevision (maybe others) are committed to offering introductary offers @ $29.95 each for a year. So, to be able to "afford" that, they have to $$ jack up $$ the prices on EVERYBODY ELSE (read: the LOYAL customer base who wouldn't think of leaving them). They dare you to leave even though your loyal AND paying higher than $29.95 prices for your services. Though timing might come back to bite TWC... consumers are on a roll moving their money out of big banks.. and you KNOW how much of a hassle that is to close savings & checking accounts.. and if TWC's customers are one of those.. I think they're in trouble!!


heat84
Bit Torrent Apologist

join:2004-03-11
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Inflation or greed

When prices are raised, how do you know whether its because of inflation or greed? Inflation is a scam!
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Bit Torrent is my DVR.


N3OGH
Yo Soy Col. "Bat" Guano
Premium
join:2003-11-11
Philly burbs
kudos:2
reply to Bill Neilson

Re: This is where people scream that a company

Hey hey hey.

They hate kittens, too.....


Boricua
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Sacramuerto
reply to Bill Neilson

Re: You know...

said by Bill Neilson:

Many would need some sort of internet for work or family or something else. It is how I pay bills and talk to family, etc....and in many areas, people dont actually have legitimate companies competing with the main rival

Hence why I say near impossible. I too pay my bills through the Internet and also how I get my info (news, business, etc.).
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coldmoon
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Broadway, NC
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reply to G0d

Re: it happens

said by G0d :

This will continue to happen. Everyone acts so surprised every time it does. Costs go up everywhere so what makes you think your cable bill will always stay the same or better yet get cheaper? We just have to either accept it or get something different and pay for that.

It happens because there is no competition period. Open the pipes to all and let the market sort 'em out...
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Mr Matt

join:2008-01-29
Eustis, FL
kudos:1
Reviews:
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·Embarq Now Centu..
·Comcast
·CenturyLink

The parasites will eventually have their day of reckoning!

How many of you reading this post subscribe to AT&T Long Distance as a separate service? I seriously doubt any of you do. I did but no longer do. Eventually the long distance companies had their day of reckoning. How many are there now. One most pleasant calls I made to AT&T Long distance was the day I told them to take their LD service and shove it up their ASS. I transferred my LD service to my local exchange carrier. If you told anyone ten years ago that local telephone service would eventually become obsolete they would laugh in your face. Now not so much. The CATV industry will eventually have their day of reckoning. Some new technology will become available making wired technology irrelevant. The real problem is with the content providers. They like a typical Four Year Old, cannot stop saying Gimme Gimme Gimme. Unless corrupt government lawmakers make changes to copyright laws consumers will continue to be gouged.


mod_wastrel
iamwhatiam

join:2008-03-28
kudos:1
reply to Duramax08

Re: You know...

I would presume he's referring specifically to the TV aspect of their service(s) since that's what the article is focused on. Neither phone nor Internet prices have changed a whole lot since I cancelled my phone/TV services some years ago; my FiOS price hasn't changed at all in the 4+ years that I've had it.
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tv n stuff

@cox.net

um they all do it

And so many peopel thought competition would bring down prices...noooo, its all about money and not just from the MSO's, DTV, Uverse, Etc.... it cost money to make money.

Bottom line if you want it, pay for it. if you dont then ,well dont. if you chose to keep it.. well than stop complaining. you have a choice... tv or not tv...lol

travelguy

join:1999-09-03
Santa Fe, NM
reply to G0d

Re: it happens

said by G0d :

This will continue to happen. Everyone acts so surprised every time it does. Costs go up everywhere so what makes you think your cable bill will always stay the same or better yet get cheaper? We just have to either accept it or get something different and pay for that.

What you and many people don't understand is that for discretionary service purchases - i.e. entertainment, cost has very little to do with price.

The cablecos know exactly where the sweet spot is that maximizes the amount of money the can extract from the maximum number of customers and they know over time, that number will rise. That's how they set pricing.

All this bleating about costs going up and development of new services is just a smokescreen to make the medicine go down.


dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
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Phoenix, AZ
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reply to FFH5

Re: You know...

said by FFH5:

cable is a cheap entertainment value.

Until you look at what you ACTUALLY GET.
a THIRD of it is commericials 24/7
after 10pm its 90% paid programming[program length commercials]
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Phil
Rojo Sol
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join:2001-06-11
Downers Grove, IL
kudos:2

Time Warner = Rip-Off

After to moving to a Time Warner only condo complex (thanks to a HOA contract), I have chosen to NOT give a penny to Time Warner for cable TV. Their prices were already a joke and now they want to raise them...


dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
Premium
join:2001-04-27
Phoenix, AZ
kudos:4

Them pesky yacht payments

Don't get lower just because you lost video subs so you hike prices to cover them. if it weren't for sports and watching new shows the day they air, cord cutting would be way higher.

these companies need to stop acting like their shit don't stink.
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Oh YES! let me drop everything i'm doing regardless of who it affects to deal with your petty little problem!


NYC26

@rr.com
reply to Mr Matt

Re: The parasites will eventually have their day of reckoning!

The new technology is called fiber all the way to your home and Verizon is wiring every major city they have a franchise agreement with. I already received a latter that my apartment building will be wired soon. TWC is simple an inferior product with 98% of their channels compressed.

sandman_1

join:2011-04-23
11111
reply to dvd536

Re: You know...

and 99% of the channels and content are junk...

sandman_1

join:2011-04-23
11111

Cord Cutter

Just have TW HSI here. Cut the cord over a year ago and don't miss it. I can get all my content online through various sources and watch it on my 50" TV.


IowaMan
Premium
join:2008-08-21
Grinnell, IA

This is only the beginning

Look for Mediacom, Suddenlink, Comcast etc. to do the same


verolom

join:2002-03-23
Reston, VA

Cancel if you dislike

Stop bitching and moaning and cancel if you so dislike. You can watch antenna TV, listen to the radio, read a freaking book and gasp!... pay bills the good old-fashioned way, write and mail in a check.

But I bet most of you complainers out there like your Jersey Shore and Dexter BS and your torrent downloads of Top Gear and Battlestar Galactica and your all inclusive phone so that politicians can bug you over dinner time with robocalls and make you feel wanted and important.

Bah! All the agony! Spare me the nonsense! Do something useful for a change! Go rake some leaves! Plant a tree, chop another one for firewood!


kdwycha

join:2003-01-30
Riverview, FL
Reviews:
·Bright House

1 recommendation

Blame The Broadcasters....

Everyone complains when cable/satellite rates rise yet congress allows broadcasters like ABC/ESPN, FOX/News Corp etc raise rates at an alarming rate. This is costing these companies a TON of money and do you really think companies are going to cut into their profits to cut you a break? No. It gets passed onto the customer. So if you don't like it write congress. They are the ones bribed by the broadcasters to allow these huge rate hikes.


Cordless

@g4.net
reply to verolom

Re: Cancel if you dislike

Amen to that! I cancelled DirecTV since I was paying 65$ a month to watch 12 channels regularly. Now for what I paid for DirecTV I get phone w/unlimited long distance, internet and netflix streaming + DVD. I cut my entertainment/internet/communications bill in half compared to what I was paying before. And if those $#^$^@#$@ content providers jack up their prices so Netflix has to raise theirs too much more, I'll cancel that as well and they won't get ANY of my money!!

Wilsdom

join:2009-08-06
reply to dvd536

Re: You know...

With the universal product placement and scripting done around products pretty much what you are paying for is to watch ads.

en103

join:2011-05-02
How many shows (I don't mean QVC either) are effectively just ads anyways ?
Channels like HGTV are effectively paid for by Lowes/Home Depot.
Speed channel is effectively a channel for car dealers and after market parts.
I could go on.


mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV
reply to kdwycha

Re: Blame The Broadcasters....

the telecommunications act of 1996 was horrible. They said it would spur competition and in alot of areas where is this competition?
Congress needs to give the FCC the right to regulate cable rates again.