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bn1221

join:2009-04-29
Cortland, NY
Reviews:
·TowerStream
·Time Warner Cable

This is why TW is so expensive

68 bucks for "basic cable TV" They are busy blaming the content providers - who are paid by TWC to not put content on the web. How about they stop paying for that, lower the cable bill and let the content providers make money putting shows on the web....



Smith6612
Premium,MVM
join:2008-02-01
North Tonawanda, NY
kudos:23

I remember being able to get Adelphia ANALOG cable for $15/m no more than 14 years ago. Surely the networks haven't gotten more expensive to maintain and deliver, especially in a digital world, right?


InvalidError

join:2008-02-03
kudos:5

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said by bn1221:

How about they stop paying for that, lower the cable bill and let the content providers make money putting shows on the web....

The problem with that is that content providers are likely paid more by networks and operators wanting exclusive licenses across their footprint than content creators are likely to get from web licenses or distributing themselves.

So most studios sell exclusive rights to the highest bidders for guaranteed revenue instead of taking a bigger chance on lower-margin higher-support-cost sales. Selling to other networks/operators/distributors instead of end-users also spares them the trouble and expense of setting up a payment system and managing individual subscribers/clients.

It is easy to protest against exclusivity deals but there is no guarantee that preventing them would improve things in any way. It could very well cause studios to quit investing in higher-production-cost series (more difficult to find enough buyers willing to pay enough) and settle for more talk/unreality shows that have much lower production costs while generating just as much if not more revenue than more polished, higher-budget SciFi/fantasy/etc. shows.

It may sound nice at first but may have multiple perverse and unintended consequences.