·Time Warner Cable
reply to BF69
Re: Overcharging for Cable TV It's not time yet. Right now Comcast/TWC are loosing cables subs, gliding on phone, and adding internet. In the case of TWC the gap between TV and internet is 2 million folks, so the saturation rate is getting close. At some point they will have negative "growth" across the board. Once that happens they will need to get more creative (either through higher fees, or offering new products). Seeing that cable is the same as 1985, they will probably continue to jack rates until they are forced to offer new products. They have already started the assault on internet with cable modem fees and higher equipment fees (which doesn't cost them more)
I just got an offer for 20/2 and basic cable (broadcast) for $50. That is not a bad deal. This is half the price of my FIOS, and if I look at viewership last month 5% was on non-broadcast. So I'm paying $50 for 5%, NOT a good deal. My renew for FIOS is next month, if they try to raise prices, hello TWC.
In the release they said that they were making more $$$ by charging more for equipment...You can only get away with that for so long.
Maybe I'm wrong, people may keep paying out the nose, in that case all is good.
I forgot to add, that viewership for Netflix is now 70% of the consumption in the house--that is why unlimited internet is essential. That will be another dial they will turn to slow the trend.