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Cablevision Joins Cable Rate Hike Season Festivities
Will institute an average 3.7% TV price hike for 2010
by Karl Bode 06:13PM Thursday Oct 29 2009
Cablevision is joining the cable rate hike season festivities by increasing TV prices an average of 3.7% in 2010 for its 3.1 million customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Cablevision tries to ease the pain by telling reporters (Multichannel News, Dow Jones) that they haven't raised broadband or VoIP prices for seven consecutive years, and that the rate hikes are less than the 21% increase Verizon implemented for its legacy FiOS TV Premier Package earlier this month -- if that makes you feel any better. On a related note, Cablevision-owned Newsday later this month will be among a handful of news outlets to start charging customers for online news, but only if you aren't a Cablevision subscriber.

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kickass69

join:2002-06-03
Lake Hopatcong, NJ

Becoming/has been unaffordable

Typical bs that makes people tone down any packages they have or go OTA if they can.

What makes them think people can continue to afford stuff like cable TV and VOIP in this recession? No different than politicians and Bernie Madoffs of the world.

limegrass69
Here's my Posting tag

join:2008-05-28

Re: Becoming/has been unaffordable

You have a good point about the economy. The Madoff analogy is probably a little strange.

In any case, I guess Cablevision would reply that cable TV is not a right, and we don't have to keep it if we don't feel like paying, and that they are passing their increased programming costs along to the end user. Blah Blah Blah.

dr3yec

join:2002-12-19
00000

Re: Becoming/has been unaffordable

I can watch about everything on cable on the net now. Why would I want cable tv? I dont. Prices have been high for years. As long as I got my foxnews and espn. And both are available on the net for free. I will stick to streaming and downloading everything.

jt75

@comcast.net

Re: Becoming/has been unaffordable

free for now. then just like hulu they will start to charge u for it. if cable starts loosing sub to the net then espn will start loosing money because cable companys would pay then less. then espn will start charging for like like hulu is going to at the end of this year.

DataRiker
Premium
join:2002-05-19
00000

Re: Becoming/has been unaffordable

said by jt75 :

free for now. then just like hulu they will start to charge u for it. if cable starts loosing sub to the net then espn will start loosing money because cable companys would pay then less. then espn will start charging for like like hulu is going to at the end of this year.
I doubt they were referring to legal sources. Its much easier and quicker to just use download sites with free rapidshare, megaupload, ect...links.

Rob
In Deo speramus.
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join:2001-08-25
Kendall, FL
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Comcast
said by kickass69:

Typical bs that makes people tone down any packages they have or go OTA if they can.

What makes them think people can continue to afford stuff like cable TV and VOIP in this recession? No different than politicians and Bernie Madoffs of the world.
Tone down? I disagree. The reason they raise prices is because they know people will pay it. TV is a drug, and the cable companies have everyone addicted.

I'd love to see a "Cancel your TV service" national day where everyone calls in and cancels their TV service. Cable companies across the country would shit bricks.
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jt45

@comcast.net

Re: Becoming/has been unaffordable

when the rates go up its because the fee for the cable company has gone up. its just when the cable company ups the rate they make sure they include a rate hike for themselfs too.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·Verizon Online DSL
·Comcast
VoIP is cheaper than landline service as a rule. Also cheaper than cellular service if you talk a lot.

That said, I'm cell-only and it's working fine. Paying $55/month for internet though. Will be ~$78 in a few months, but I'll probably keep paying. The worst that will happen is that I'll downgrade to 12/2 service and spend $55 instead of $78...

DownTheShore
Honoring The Captain
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join:2003-12-02
Beautiful NJ
kudos:14
Reviews:
·Verizon Online DSL

Misleading

Cablevision tries to ease the pain by telling reporters (Multichannel News, Dow Jones) that they haven't raised broadband or VoIP prices for seven consecutive years
So what if they haven't raised broadband or VoIP prices, if you only have the TV service with them? They've been raising the TV prices all along.

dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
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join:2001-04-27
Phoenix, AZ
kudos:4

Re: Misleading

said by DownTheShore:

Cablevision tries to ease the pain by telling reporters (Multichannel News, Dow Jones) that they haven't raised broadband or VoIP prices for seven consecutive years
So what if they haven't raised broadband or VoIP prices, if you only have the TV service with them? They've been raising the TV prices all along.
And its well known that video subsidizes the other products.
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majortom1029

join:2006-10-19
Lindenhurst, NY
kudos:1

hmm

I think its more because of the channel providers raising their rates.

It also doesnt help that verizon refuses to wire parts of long island.

fcisler
Premium
join:2004-06-14
Riverhead, NY

Meh

Oh they are gonna charge for newsday?

The same s*itty newsday that now has stupid scrolling news to where I CANNOT right click an article to open in a new tab? Where when I click back I have to scroll alllll the way down and remember where I was?

Yeaaahhh...when they implemented that I stopped going to the site. I'll get my news from any of the other 3684246 news sites on the Internet.
Bobcat79
Premium
join:2001-02-04

Vote with your wallet!

Cancel your Cablevision service, like I did. Dolan gets $0 from me now!

Cablevision sucks!

fcisler
Premium
join:2004-06-14
Riverhead, NY

Re: Vote with your wallet!

And get DSL? Too far

what's my other option?
zod5000

join:2003-10-21
Victoria, BC
Reviews:
·Shaw

lets combat piracy while charging more for commercial tv!

Cable TV is getting out of control. How we ended up with a business model that requires users to pay to watch commercials as always made think.. WTF!?!?

I live in an area where OTA isn't a very good option. Only 1 OTA HD channel, maybe 2 or 3 SD channels.

Cable prices keep going up, I keep reducing the packages I pay for, most of it orientated around sports.

Cable's in danger of becoming an unnecessary middleman. The Internet keeps getting larger, sooner or later stations will be able to reach larger audiences through free internet distribution.

obeythelaw
Premium
join:2003-04-16
Bayonne, NJ
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS

well...

i guess i dumped my cable tv at the right time and locked in a year with no rate increase with directv. it's pretty good that the cable modem prices aren't going up but it stinks all around. i for one will just keep paying them since there really isn't any other alternative.
Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

1 recommendation

Re: well...

a other thing that direct tv has is any box is just $5/m box one free so you can have 4 HD dvr and pay $15/m on top you base rate vs $60-$80 on cable.
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
yah you keep thinking that with DirecTV you're rates are next. contract or not. those don't mean shit anymore.
Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

Re: well...

said by hottboiinnc:

yah you keep thinking that with DirecTV you're rates are next. contract or not. those don't mean shit anymore.
last direct tv rate hike was $1-$3 and it is a 1 year lock in.

obeythelaw
Premium
join:2003-04-16
Bayonne, NJ
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS
my rate can't go up for 1 year because of the contract lock in. after the one year, i'll threaten to jump ship to another provider. fios may even be available at that time and i'll jump on whatever promotions they are having. with that said, for me, directv's picture quality and hardware is way better than cablevision. so even if i had to pay a few bucks more i wouldn't be as angry knowing what i was paying cablevision.

Jason Levine
Premium
join:2001-07-13
USA
We're thinking of jumping from Time Warner Cable to DirecTV. If we canceled Time Warner Cable, we'd save around $75 a month. Signing up for DirectTV would cost us about $46 a month for the first year. We'd save about $360 in the first year! That would be enough to pay for a Netflix subscription and have money left over.
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winsyrstrife
River City Bounce
Premium
join:2002-04-30
Brooklyn, NY

Sometimes you get a break

I called to cancel all of my Cablevision services, because it simply became too expensive for my lifestyle. The rep in the saves dept. cut my monthly bill by $30 and gave me the family cable service. Prior to that I only had the most basic of basic cable service.
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I hear the words of what I'll become, how eager the hands that reach for love."
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M A R S
Premium
join:2001-06-15
Long Island
kudos:1

They will be getting a call form me

Telling them good luck, don't need TV any more. At my house we have decided we can find every thing we need online. I just got my bill and $150 a mo is joke...

Ill be better off with a $49 bill and Google voice and watching all my shows online.

Between the rate hike and the total trashing of Newsday print and the horror that is Newsday.com i think the should fire the people at this company for doing the things they do.

Then there is News12 with the sound effects accompanying every screen graphic and the fake helicopter sound when ever showing an aerial shot.. PLEASE!!
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tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
Reviews:
·ooma
·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS

the broadband war that wasn't

The cable-tv service IMO HAS NO VALUE, no time in my life for commercials!! Broadband did not see real competition, just choice.. Verizon raised both speeds and pricing across the board, so that gave cablevision breathing room, and how did cablevision respond? Build a higher walled garden around it's exclusive sports programming. IMO, the $29.95 promo rate for 15/2 should be a standard 'lite tier' by now and the $49.95 should be a matching 25/15 to Verizon's $65 priced tier. Obviously the $15 premium is because FTTP can deliver the goods 24/7/365, while docsis the way it's deployed does not. While not raising prices, they certainly SHOULD HAVE RAISED SPEEDS BY NOW!!

My speeds range from 5/1500 to 20/2 (highest speeds can be seen at 6am when the node is quite empty). So, if this is an experiment in boosting node capacity for new speed tiers, you'll need to offer it more than at near zero percent node usage times.

The complex issue is that cable and telco offer services with variation in the technology and feature sets which either make the service more or less of a value to the consumer. Consumers want the thruput of FTTP Broadband from Verizon, but get socked with higher cost. Consumers find value in VOIP vs POTS, but even there... unlimited prepaid cellular service is offering an alternative should consumers choose not to bundle.
Cable-Tv from my perspective offers NO VALUE, therefore I do not want it.. raising standard prices makes me laugh though. There are alternatives: satellite tv, the internet and OTA broadcasts. Digital OTA offers more channels that it used to (not that all stations use the channels effectively).

Outside NY Metro, companies such as AT&T and COMCAST are chomping at the bit to introduce data caps and find ways to gouge consumers, so in comparison we're doing quite well here (the oversupply of fiber laid in the northeast does help too). If they have problems buying wholesale broadband transport around the country, they must build/expand their own infrastructure (think LONG TERM HERE, broadband isn't going away, it's not a FAD or something that can be metered, sliced and diced and sold by the bit like printer ink cartridge prices). What is a bit disappointing is that not enough profits are going into investment of non-last mile infrastructure. Until there is a network as saturated as the northeast, there will be much less of a reason to deploy last mile infrastrucure if the QOS suffers. If there isn't capacity to have 60 million+ 50/50 megabit connections throughout comcast & at&t's footprint, it's time to get cracking to make it a happen!