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Dear Mr. Feldman We want to be able to drop sports channels we don't want, instead of having you ream us up the butt with yet another fee.
Re: Dropping TV kicks it down the line
said by cchhat01:I did. I cut the cord and told them that I wouldn't be back until they had a la-carte programming.
I find that most people who come here - myself included sometimes - just whine about Karl's findings. Its a feeding frenzy where everyone feeds off each other's opinions.
WHO ACTUALLY DOES SOMETHING ABOUT THESE THINGS. I DON'T.
I seriously want to but do we really do anything but just express our opinions ? We just go about our business on a day-to-day basis and expect someone else to take care of the crap.
PS. Don't want you to think that I'm venting on you or something (no offense). I just had to say what I felt like saying.
When somebody tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football.
subsidies If business can't support itself on revenues from opt-in channels, then respectfully, those channels should die. At what point did we become used to paying for things that used to be provided over the air for free? We have to pay to watch commercials, which I find rank. If commercial programming can't support itself, charge more to the marketers, not the customer. I'm totally against paying for television with commercials, it's so bad even the movie channels have commercials.
It's like a lot of things, I think the main reason for these fees is because people are no longer taking it up the rear, cutting cable/sat services and moving to internet services which are of the same quality at far less prices, without all the commercials. And just try to force those companies to increase their costs, the don't even own the lines the service is provided on, and can do little to justify increased costs without some telecom company raising the rates on them to carry the service they stream.
Cablevision sports surcharge Every time there's a dispute over retransmission charges and a channel is temporarily removed from Cablevision, people complain. Back when the Yes network was new and Cablevision at first refused to pay the extortion, people complained to their representatives. The mayor of New York, and local senators and representatives pressured the two sides to come to an "agreement". When Cablevision refused to pay the extortion for Disney/ABC and ABC took WABC and other channels off, people complained to their elected representatives. Same thing happened when Fox was off and same (but less) with Food Network. If customers stop complaining about the loss of their favorite channels but instead wished them "good riddance", then this upward spiral would stop. Yes, we need a la carte pricing but we also need to be able to say to broadcast networks "how dare you" when they pull their channels off the cable systems or extort money for programs that are supported by advertising. The sports networks fight very hard to maintain themselves as part of a "basic" tier and when there is a threat to stop carrying them, viewers blame the cable companies. It's really time to demand that the cable companies remove any channel that charges more than a minimal monthly fee ($0.50 or so) from their basic lineup and make it a subscription channel. If people really want ESPN, let them pay the $5 per month that we're all paying. Or, better yet, lets get professional sports salaries out of the stratosphere and bring all of the costs down.
Re: Cablevision = MSG
said by nh5:I dunno, 99.99% of the time it's been ESPN pushing BASIC cable-tv bills higher. Cable companies have been sitting on a big fat boom era for quite some time... it's ripe for cord cutters to tear them a new one in this economy. There is precedent for subscribers cancelling even before the era of broadband when prices were too high. Higher set top rental fees and other fees have you pay $10+ even before subscription fees. That's like the good old days of POTS phone service with "FCC LINE CHARGE" and other surcharges just to watch TV?? Yeah, that's why the internet is so much better. The average person watches no more than 6 hours per day of content. The internet can easily satsify 98 - 99% of that craving. On a 50 megabit connection you have bits to spare, but more is always better.
I'm surprised I didn't see this in any of the above comments, but whats even more hilarious is Cablevision owns all the regional sports networks in their viewer areas. So effectively this is no more than a cash grab.