Between the new fee and the modem fee, $11/month comes out to an extra $132 a year for service you already pay for. Your cable box breaks or stops working, the company gives you a new box and preferably an upgraded model since they phased out the older one. And how often do you need the latest and greatest? What options are they going to provide that you already don't need or use, on top of the 500 channels you aren't watching now and never will? Only the uneducated or mathematically challenged will agree to this.
Somebody above asked for a business reason why, I'll give my personal take on it:
Local office has a finite amount of boxes: x amount are designated for new customers, y amount are designated for replacing degraded/damaged ones. Obviously as technology keeps changing newer boxes come in and older boxes are not just destroyed because newer ones are in. However, new customers get newest equipment (may not seem right to some, but that's how most if not all businesses work).
If the inventory of the older boxes is depleted and all that is left are the newer boxes, then local office has to dip into that supply to keep existing customers happy; however this leaves less boxes for new customers. $7 dollar fee is introduced to mitigate the loss of revenue from a new customer. Keeping existing customers happy is very important it mail, but in the long-term it does not grow revenue.
(Mind you this is just one scenario, quickly done. However, this is a valid business consideration).
Sometimes consumers are not always right.
2012-Nov-13 2:39 pm: ·
antdude A Ninja Ant Premium,VIP join:2001-03-25 United State kudos:4
I will replace/upgrade when needed. I still use plenty of old stuff like my 20" Sharp CRT TV from 1996, VCR from dotcom days, VGA and PS/2 (clicky keyboards and mice) with a KVM from Y2K, Casio Data Bank calculator watch, analog speakers, bone conduction analog hearing aid (same model since 1994), etc.
Like others have said if you ALREADY pay a monthly rental fee for the use of THEIR property (that likely has been paid for many times over due to it being rented to several households over time) why the heck should you pay MORE?
This makes NO LOGICAL sense...UNLESS you are a greedy corporation that likes to milk the cows dry as quickly as possible.
The disgusting thing is that the brASS tack MBAs that come up with this crap are so morally and ethically bankrupt that have no conscience to care, and sure these ivory tower goons get a few more steak dinners, and fancy watches.
Let me remind all of you that Comcast charges a $7+ fee for modem rental and fees for each TV you wish to watch as they have mandatory cable boxes. Yes, I know Comcrap's supposed to give you 3 crappy analog DTAs free, but more often than not I get a $2 per box charge which shows up on my bills periodically. I'll call in, they'll remove it and in another few months it shows up again.
Make no mistake, the fee will become permanent and mandatory.
What is a "DVR set top box"? I have analog TV ... no box and clear qam for the network channels (the only ones I watch). -- When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Thomas Jefferson