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rit56

join:2000-12-01
New York, NY

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Does anyone here think it will ever get to the point where people truly leave in large numbers? Second question will regulation return?


Morfein

join:2004-09-08
Avon, IN

Good question.

If the middle class continues to see stagnant wages while everything around us increases... I would think they would start losing customers.. maybe at a trickle.. but instead of any gains quarter after quarter nothing but loses.

I also question this when it comes to healthcare. Every year for many years I have been getting around 15% premium increases.. as well as less for my money.. higher deductibles and such. How can that keep going? As it sits now I pay about 10% of my income just on premiums... never mind the $4,000 individual deductible and $6k family.

Oh well.. not like I can do anything about it.

Back to the topic of Time Warner.. I have no other option when it comes to internet. AT&T doesn't service my house even for telephone, so they say.



dcurrey
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reply to rit56

Ok just got my 2-15-13 to 3-14-13 bill.

Seems they raised my HD dvr from $10.95 to $12.99 of course this bumped my franchase fee another $0.10,

So do I get to look for larger bill in March or does this one reflect the changes?

BTW they actually are charging people for the remote. WTF.



djrobx
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reply to rit56

said by rit56:

Does anyone here think it will ever get to the point where people truly leave in large numbers? Second question will regulation return?

Non-sports fans might cut the cord. If you've ever used Netflix streaming on a big screen, it's quite good. Stuff is just a season or two behind. Once you use it, it's VERY clear why the networks hate it, and why all the Video-service-slash-ISPs are seeking data transfer caps to limit it. It's a ton of commercial free entertainment for a very low monthly fee.

That will still leave a hefty percentage of customers that will keep subscribing because they "just have to" be able to watch those games in real time. There are a lot of sports fans out there and I doubt the 300lb gorillas involved with that programming are going to risk disturbing their cash cow.

There's also some perspective to consider too. Even $150-ish for a month of entertainment is relatively cheap compared to going out to the movies, out to dinner, a music concert, or drinks in a bar. Competition is really the only thing keeping prices down.
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reply to rit56

Why does CATV and Sat go up so fast?

Simple, The content owners keep wanting more and more money. This is driven in part because some stars keep wanting more and more money(500k per episode is not enough for some, Why they cannot do their job for 200k a year I dunno. They do less work than a Plumber.) But since as a society we keep feeding the machine, it would be dumb of the stars and content companies not to try for more money. I am pretty sure the plumber would ask for more too, But his profession has actual competition.
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ITALIAN926

join:2003-08-16
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The content owners demand higher carriage fees, then when the MSO's and Satellite companies try to fight them, people switch providers in groves. Then these are the same people to bitch about their high TV bills.

As a whole, we are responsible for these high TV prices, because NONE of these cable companies are raking in ridiculous profits.

So on 3, everyone stop tuning to ESPN, go read a book instead. Ready... 1...2....3 !!

Oh, not ESPN? Must be AMC who is one of the biggest bullies against providers these days. Sorry, we wont talk about them until their carriage fees are $4 a month.



cork1958
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reply to rit56

said by rit56:

Does anyone here think it will ever get to the point where people truly leave in large numbers? Second question will regulation return?

Please start the regulation soon before these cable companies simply make us all broke!

To bad we will have to get rid of the corrupt politicians first, before that can start!
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