| |fiberguyMy views are my own.Premium
Re: Need a cable box
said by steelhead78:...and for that? I can't wait to hear the complaint! I, too, am sure that will happen. It will only prove that people want everything and are willing to give nothing in return.
The problem now would be people complaining about having to pay for a box for each tv.
You will not see the cable companies restructuring the analog tiers to accommodate these changes. It's a lot of work, too costly, and takes too much time. You'd have to visit every customer that's already trapped, you wind up exposing channels that people never wanted in the first place - it's just a mess to even try.
I have a VERY sneaky feeling that I know what WILL happen to makes these tiers work... More people that just the family tiers will be required to get the box. I see the only way this will work is to pull those family friendly channels off of analog (which will free up space) and move them to digital. You will see channels like ABC Family, Discovery, History, Disney, Animal Planet, TLC, Nick, USA, TV Land, Hallmark etc... (a lot of which is basic 2) get pulled and moved to digital. This means that if you want a Family package, you will need a box.. If you don't care about the family package, you will STILL need a box to get those channels if you want to keep them.
The idea of the family tier is to ONLY delivery those family friendly channels to the home. Yes, you can place a box on the TV and only authorize those FF channels. Parents will get furious if their kids can pull the input from th box, go straight to the TV, and get non-family friendly channels.
All of this to supposedly save the"family hour" as it was put during hearings yesterday (watched C-SPAN) - It was a VERY good comment which Jon Stewart made on the daily show last night to that ... "WHAT family hour?"
I love when people cry for these things... they NEVER realize the other consequences that come with it. During the re-reg act of 96, people figured that it would protect their rates, make their monthly bills go down, etc... The fact remained that under the new laws, more bills went UP under the new formulas than they did now.
Anyone that thinks the cable companies stepping forward to be the bigger man about all this is naive. The cable companies will benefit from this VERY much so. Not to mention, this could potentially hurt bells in their launch of TV service as there will be families in their world wanting those packages as well which will be lower in price. Why does it hurt? Less revenue and slower returns depending on how many people take them up on it too.
Funny how this all works huh?
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Re: Defeats the purpopse
said by WangFubar:In reality it would take a digital migration to do true a la carte.
I don't want to be migrated to digital,
Imagen if you only wanted 10 channels out of 99 on analog cable.
They would have to put 89 filters on your tap.
Saint Paul, MN
A la Carte the local paper had a column about a la carte cable choices in today's paper: »www.twincities.com/mld/twincitie···4681.htm
I personally would take a la carte over bundles or tiers, but then I'm on DirecTV, and I have one of thier bigger bundles - but not the sports package. If they could/would go a la carte on the satellite, I'd probably jump in and remove some channels (ESP-x, Shopping, SOAP, and so on) that I never ever look at, and have taken out of my 'channels I receive' list.
I'm glad the FCC is looking at it, but it's not like they can MAKE the cablecos actually do anything...if I understand it right, it's the laws that need to be changed, in addition to the policy...
| |fiberguyMy views are my own.Premium
Re: A la Carte
said by b10010011:You're statements are true, but not quite. You can very much do ala cart programming in analog cable as well. Not all systems transmitted basic 2 in the clear. In Sacramento, for example, when cable started and for the majority of it's existence, basic 2 and 3 cable was always scrambled. You always required a analog addressable box to receive those channels.
It's really a bad analogy because thats not whats happening really.
The reason cable channels are bundled is because the only way to block analog channels is with a filter in the line for each channel. So in the early days the basic tier was the lower channels, one filter blocked the higher ones, and a separate filter or two for the premium channels.
As I said before if you only wanted 10 miscellaneous out of 99 analog channels they would have to put 89 filters on your cable.
The satellite companies has ALWAYS had the technology to do a la carte programming, (conditional access cards at the receiver) fact is back in the C-band days you could get anything you wanted a la carte, but a package was ALWAYS cheaper
if you wanted more than three or four channels. I expect the same thing will happen with cable.
It's very easy for any cable system today to offer ala cart programming along analog lines. It just requires a box - traps are not an option.
(A little side note: Sacramento was all scrambled, then trapped and went to the clear, then pulled the traps and rescrambled, then re-trapped and went clear again today. It takes several months each time we did this.
This will just be the straw the broke the analog cable's back. It may be a good thing in the long run.. but bad in the immediate future.
New York, NY
ala carte how about a package with no kid channels or shopping channels? I'd consider migrating to digital then.
| |pnh102Reptiles Are Cuddly And PrettyPremium
Mount Airy, MD
Re: CSPAN too much for me.
said by vannyx:C-SPAN has some very entertaining programs. You should watch Prime Minister's Questions sometime. Although sometimes I think it was better when John Major was PM. The late night House speeches where they have one MC yelling out a tirade to an empty House chamber are also entertaining.
it was disgusting , never watching CSPAN again. I want a package that doesnt have it.
Rove / Rumsfeld 2008!
| |said by ViniTheHat:Well maybe 10 of those channels have something. The other 47 have Infomercials after a certain point into the night.
but theres really nothing on anyway...
how about a crocodile hunter tier!?
Working late shifts I usually watch late TV.
I'd drop all the sports channels and Music channels.
and All those QVC type channels!!