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Shooting themselves in the foot Twice yearly fee hikes, bogus "Broadcast TV Fees, exorbitant below-the-line fees, a recession that's not over, unemployment and other factors eroding the economic well-being are all contributing to an atmosphere of consumers questioning "how can I save money"?
This will only get worse ... and yet the cableTV industry blithely ignores the trend and continues down the path of their own destruction.
Re: Shooting themselves in the foot We do not have a tv, but we see all the tv shows we like, which is not too many, by downloading them the next day from a torrent site; We get news from a half-dozen online newspapers / news sites, and that includes video; we download movies from torrent sites.
Except for sports, which we don't much care for (though I would enjoy seeing a baseball game now and then), we don't need more than our $35/month dsl connection (6/1).
We have a voip telephone setup that costs about $5 per month for all the calling that we want to do, and we have a seven-11 cell phone that costs about $25/year that we keep for emergencies.
Why does anybody need more? It seems like a big waste of money.
Re: Shooting themselves in the foot
said by Wow :I know in my situation, I've been a long time cord cutter. I have an OTA antenna connected to my mac with 4 tuners available for recording. I get over 26 channesl available to me OTA for free. I found 80% of my shows are I would watch OTA for free. Why pay the for a worse signal when OTA is uncompressed and sharper than any Cable/Sat provider can ever offer. The rest I have setup in a program that automatically searches and downloads torrents for my shows. It will download them, email me when it's done (even extract and move into a folder) then my plex system hooked to my 55" tv auto indexes and finds the video every 15 minutes. Pretty painless really. With the Plex apps available I can watch my shows anywhere in the world as long as I have access to internet. Most cable companies want you to be "IN" your house in order to watch tv on your devices, not Plex! I also have the EyeTV app so I can watch Live TV across the internet straight from my house. I get almost any super popular show within hours of it showing on the east coast and in HD quality might I add. For 55+ bucks a month savings I'm happy!
Sounds like a hell of a lot of work to save $35.
Santa Monica, CA
·Time Warner Cable
| It isn't a matter of what they "want", per a poll, but what they vote for, with their wallets.|
2M/1M worked fine for Netflix, YouTube, and every other streaming service I tested, anticipating unfounded remarks like yours.
Clearly, it would fall down trying to do "4K", whenever that actually becomes relevant, but by that time, I would expect TWC and other last mile providers to raise the floor speed again.
| || |said by elray:ouch, mediacom charges me $30/mo for 3/256k "intro" if i drop basic tv add on another $15, oh and thats a 150GB/mo cap.
Our non-promotional standalone internet (2/1) is now $14.99/month.
said by waycoolphil:when i had dsl on the other side of town, it was 1.5M/256k, with a 2/1, you can easily do all of those things, its called a buffer. and a consistent connection speed, what screws things up is speedboost, that makes the servers 'think" you can go faster than you actually can sustained.
And the $14.99/mo standalone Internet is slower than DSL and for all practical purposes is totally useless.
for the record, i used netflix, hulu, youtube, pandora, and a myriad of other things with no issues what so ever, you dont need a 1GBps connection for video.
as for using a connection "that slow" im betting a lot more people than you realize do. most folks probably just want the cheapist connection, and could care less what the speed is.
·Time Warner Cable
·Verizon Online DSL
Cable TV is only a small part of it CATV just happens to be an obvious and easy way for people to cut back on expenses. They're also cutting back on TVs themselves, cell phone bills, driving, dining out, holiday gifting, new clothing, health care, etc. etc. etc. Both the lack of jobs, very low wages and the end of unemployment compensation means they can't afford to buy the stuff these mega corporations are trying to sell to them. They don't have any money any more. These industries should be working to ensure that their customers have the funds to purchase their products. Stockholders do not have the final word. The broke customer gets the last shot.
Re: Hence the big push against net neutrality... Ooh good point! I hadn't even thought of that...so that way they don't have to look like the "bad guy" by blocking/throttling Netflix outright, but instead they can go for the slicker approach.
Just price Netflix out of the market and then point fingers and say "See! We told them that the traditional TV model is the best!"
(mild addition, Netflix in its lowest quality, which we use, is 0.3 GB/hour, so theoretically you could stretch that to about 16 hours a month if you used that setting)
Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Re: netflix is not much without the big guys
said by TOPDAWG:Only for a bit. Most young kids I know don't watch "TV" anymore, even if they don't have Netflix or Hulu. There is just too much entertainment on the Internet that is free.
Netflix needs them content markers a lot more then they need netflix.
Most of these kids of spoiled and get to go to movies a lot, but if they want to watch "TV", the go to the movies, rent it, buy it, or pirate it.
Anyone who doesn't recognize this it out of touch with reality.
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I ditched the premiums I ditched the premiums when the free trial ended.