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Mr Matt

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No hope without regulation!

Netflix might as well forget streaming their movies to customers. Cable Broadband providers will impose pricing penalties wherever they can in order to protect their pay television revenue and avoid the cost of upgrading their networks. Unless the government regulates pricing and/or forces the incumbent ISP's to open up the last mile from their headends or central offices to customers premises, for other ISP's the situation is hopeless.


QLR

join:2009-06-23
Tallahassee, FL

In the world of Comcast, it's $15 additional if you have internet with no other service. In my area, it is a wash if I got limited basic after the junk is added to the $12 price.



swhitney2003
Premium
join:2003-06-13
NH

said by QLR:

In the world of Comcast, it's $15 additional if you have internet with no other service. In my area, it is a wash if I got limited basic after the junk is added to the $12 price.
I currently pay ~$3/mo more just to get the basic cable. After removing all duplicate channels and ones I don't want I have 11 HD channels (since these are unencrypted I can use TVs internal tuner). I'll pay the $3 just to get some channels, especially since OTA is useless in my neck of the woods.

QLR

join:2009-06-23
Tallahassee, FL

I hear you on that... OTA is useless in my apartment so basic was a no brainer. Now, they are rolling out the all digital cable in my area, slowly. So I wanted a few more channels and HD, I bit the bullet and got digital economy and HD.



swhitney2003
Premium
join:2003-06-13
NH

I have enough remotes as-is, I have zero desire for a Comcast remote to use their box. If I could watch extended basic cable through my TV's tuner I would consider upgrading. I'm not paying more for TV channels, a remote rental, and a box rental. And I'm cheap, so I wouldn't want to pay the premium for useless channels I don't watch.


QLR

join:2009-06-23
Tallahassee, FL

I don't blame you... luckily I have caught a few breaks for now... if it got too hairy, I have no qualms going back to the $12 cable. I wanted to see some news channels, so I am happy lol. I still look at mostly local stations for programming.


thor793

join:2005-09-10
Schaumburg, IL
reply to swhitney2003

Those channels you get in the basic package are available via ClearQAM anyway. If you have your net connection hooked up you still get them in HD as well as a few others in SD.

This is what I do. I was trying to use OTA but could only get a couple of channels OTA. Then I discovered ClearQAM, and have been using it ever since. Most TV's these days will receive these channels since they are unencrypted. All I pay for is my Comcast HSI connection, nothing more.


d1gw33d

join:2009-06-20
Clovis, CA
reply to QLR

said by QLR:

In the world of Comcast, it's $15 additional if you have internet with no other service. In my area, it is a wash if I got limited basic after the junk is added to the $12 price.
Yeah I cancelled triple play and went with the 50/10 Mbps service. It was $114.99 w/o any TV service or $99.99 with at least basic for $19.99. So for $5 I still get my locals... which I never watch unless some local tragedy is taking place.

mr weather
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join:2002-02-27
Mississauga, ON
reply to thor793

said by thor793:

Those channels you get in the basic package are available via ClearQAM anyway. If you have your net connection hooked up you still get them in HD as well as a few others in SD.
Not up here in the Great White North. All the cable providers encrypt ALL their channels, even the locals.

Thanks goodness OTA is so good in my area: 22 channels of digital goodness.
--
"It's all coming down!!" - Mike Holmes


88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to Mr Matt

said by Mr Matt:

Netflix might as well forget streaming their movies to customers. Cable Broadband providers will impose pricing penalties wherever they can in order to protect their pay television revenue and avoid the cost of upgrading their networks. Unless the government regulates pricing and/or forces the incumbent ISP's to open up the last mile from their headends or central offices to customers premises, for other ISP's the situation is hopeless.
Charter charges $10 extra if you don't have TV, but their lowest TV package is $30.


ReZLa

@comcast.net
reply to Mr Matt

NetFlix is the Vonage of Video, totally dependance on the content providers. If (content providers) they say "game over" it is game over. If they say jump, Nexflix says how high (increase of content fees that will decrease Nexflix's profit). The real power are the companies that control production and distribution like Time Warner, Comcast and such. Look what is happening with Google's TV being blocked by content providers. Apple will experience the same blocked wall. Netflix will be brought out by one of these content or distribution comapnies sooner than later because they will not survive long enough (like Vonage losing when the "content providers" decided to have their own VOIP services)