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IowaCowboy
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reply to tshirt

Re: I'm ready to go...

I agree, if I could pick channel bundles I would take local channels, news/weather channels, and music. Of course with mom in the house I would have to add Food Network and HGTV to the mix.

Al-a-carte would be a logistical nightmare if we got to choose individual channels as cable companies would have to program each converter for the channels a customer wants. Not to mention the increased cost of labor for taking orders and provisioning accounts so a-la-carte would actually drive costs up. What I would like is for channels to be bundled by genre (such as news or music) and allow customers to choose genre based bundles instead of the current model of having to buy crappy shopping/infomercial channels to get the good channels.
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I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.

I have not and will not cut the cord.


ptbarnett

join:2002-09-30
Lewisville, TX

said by IowaCowboy:

Al-a-carte would be a logistical nightmare if we got to choose individual channels as cable companies would have to program each converter for the channels a customer wants. Not to mention the increased cost of labor for taking orders and provisioning accounts so a-la-carte would actually drive costs up.

Digital set top boxes don't care how channels are bundled. They are enabled and disabled individually.

If subscription and unsubscription is integrated into the set-top box firmware, there's need for CSRs except to handle problems.

A bonus would be an AJAX web interface that would allow you to click and unclick your subscriptions, and automatically update your monthly bill total (including all the taxes and franchise fees).


en103

join:2011-05-02
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reply to IowaCowboy

I agree - Cable/Satellite/Uverse/FiOS should be able to make a 'create your bundle' package:

$20 for 'service' plus cheapest channel

then channels 'a-la-carte' pricing and bundled pricing - note many single channels will cost more per channel (duh) and bundles in general MAY cost a bit less w/o sports, but in general more overall, and a lot of junk channels will disappear.



Camaro
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Westfield, MA
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reply to IowaCowboy

said by IowaCowboy:

Al-a-carte would be a logistical nightmare if we got to choose individual channels as cable companies would have to program each converter for the channels a customer wants.

If this happened by some freak chance I want a complete breakdown of every penny I spend to said channel then we can make informed decisions. For the logistics, the amount of money I get charged they should be bending over backward and forward's for me.

Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

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reply to IowaCowboy

I'm pretty sure in this day and age we as consumers could hit a website, place an order and have it show up on our boxes in about 3 minutes without a single person doing a thing on their end. If not, they need better programmers and a smarter system.



IowaCowboy
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Or they could raise the change of service fee from $1.99 to 5.99 for changing the channels in a package.

Or make it so you can order on the computer or website but have to call customer service to remove channels.

Anyways, the cable/satellite provider's hands are pretty much tied by the programming providers.
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I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.

I have not and will not cut the cord.



PaulHikeS2

join:2003-03-06
Manchester, NH
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reply to IowaCowboy

said by IowaCowboy:

...and allow customers to choose genre based bundles instead of the current model of having to buy crappy shopping/infomercial channels to get the good channels.

I agree in general, except for this. You don't pay for these channels. The shopping/infomercial channels pay to be on the cable system and contribute (I'm sure very slightly) to REDUCING your monthly bill.
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tshirt
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Snohomish, WA
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reply to Skippy25

Undoubtably, they could do that.
But, most people, are more likely, to agree with a human that they don't JUST want that single channel, and If they want they can have that channel PLUS these other channels for "just $3 more a month for the next 3 months" hoping you enjoy and grow accustomed to having at least one of them.
Never missing the chance of an upsell.

Face it they will continue to bundle or not whatever it takes to earn MORE money, never less.



newview
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reply to Skippy25

said by Skippy25:

I'm pretty sure in this day and age we as consumers could hit a website, place an order and have it show up on our boxes in about 3 minutes without a single person doing a thing on their end. If not, they need better programmers and a smarter system.

Yeah ... this is pretty much how it happens on DirecTV with the Starz, HBO, Cinemax premium services, you go on their website, choose a premium service to add and it's up and running by the time you tune to it in your TV ... if they can do it for them, they can do it for ALL channels.

I'm fed up with subsidizing all the sports jocks and paying for channels I NEVER watch.

Fuck ESPN ... and Disney too.

iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
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reply to ptbarnett

...and that really wouldn't take much effort to build, either.


elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY
reply to IowaCowboy

Yeah it's called SelectHD from Verizon. He's probably right.
I would have done just broadcast, but believe it or not the 2-play was 10 less for SelectHD, so I got it.

My bill went from $105 to $79 (inc CC) when I went from Extreme to SelectHD and that INCLUDES 50/25 unlimited. And no regional sports fee. So savings over $35 each month. If they were smart they would have PPV sports like boxing, etc. But they are happy with the status quo today.

Cost to provision is not a problem the problem is that we still have channels. If you go a la carte, go a la carte. You pay for what you consume. Think of how the cell guys charge. Base fee + you pay for consumption. Works well there. Yes some people will pay more, some will pay less but the point is it's a personal decision, and if content providers (which should want it all out there) want to condition us to ration, then they will lose.

My take is that these guys need to stop signing billion dollar contracts otherwise yes, ESPN will cost $20.



PaulHikeS2

join:2003-03-06
Manchester, NH
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said by elefante72:

Cost to provision is not a problem the problem is that we still have channels. If you go a la carte, go a la carte. You pay for what you consume. Think of how the cell guys charge. Base fee + you pay for consumption. Works well there. Yes some people will pay more, some will pay less but the point is it's a personal decision, and if content providers (which should want it all out there) want to condition us to ration, then they will lose.

Sounds silly. Would i have to turn off the TV to use the bathroom? If I turn off the TV during a commercial will my bill increase?
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IowaCowboy
Iowa native
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Springfield, MA
reply to elefante72

Or make sportscasts Pay Per View only so I'm not paying for sports I don't watch. The big sports leagues charge a lot of money for broadcast rights and if they go PPV only, then our pay TV bills would be a lot lower.



KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
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Tulsa, OK
reply to IowaCowboy

It would be all automatic. You could do it from your remote control, or your phone app, your web browser or even a touch tone telephone system if you're a luddite.

Would actually be cheaper overall after the initial development.
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"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini