Re: Antennas for all! So let the market determine who gives in 1st.
Re: Antennas for all! I agree. There are alternatives to TWC. FCC / government doesn't need to interfere with private business squabbles.
FCC is a Toothless Paper Tiger The only thing the FCC is good at is taxing Americans on their communications bills.
Re: FCC is a Toothless Paper Tiger
said by josephf:And transferring taxpayer dollars to the pol's buddies who push these pgms to buy unneeded computers sitting in closets at school systems that don't need them.
The only thing the FCC is good at is taxing Americans on their communications bills.
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Re: Why is the FCC interfering?
said by zod5000:I agree with you and will take it a step further to ask do we need any government involvement with most things?
Right now you've got CBS wanting more money to carry the channel and Time Warner not willing to pay it. It's one of the first standoff's I can recall in regards to the escalating carriage fee's that TV channels are charging (and one of the biggest proponents of large cable increases).
What's the FCC going to do. They're either going to tell cbs to lower their fee, force time warner to accept it, or something in the middle.
I dunno. Do you really need FCC interference on something non-essential like a tv channel. This could set precedent for future carriage fee negotiations (and not in a good way). Perhaps the FCC should let it sit and see what the natural outcome is.
One thing I've never been able to understand is how CBS, ESPN, etc. have been able to force the carriers to pay them more.
What if every carrier (wishful thinking) refused to carry these networks? Wouldn't the networks have to lower their fees in this case?
Re: Why is the FCC interfering? Sure if every carrier at the same time refused. But when carriers have competition in Sat vs Cable vs TelcoTV then one refusing doesnt do any good because A.) Content owners are careful to not allow carriers contract to end at the same time B.) User change services thus putting more pressure on the carriers than the content providers.
What would resolve this is for the regulators to require the content owners to disclose every year or 2 (or whatever time frame is acceptable) on 10/1 what their desired per subscriber price per channel is and it takes effect 1/1 of the following year IF the carriers agree to it. If they don't agree, they negotiate as a group for that suitable price. If they don't come to an agreement as of 1/1 ALL carriers lose the content until it is resolved.
Being the economies of scale and market area have absolutely no effect on the content owners cost or pricing there is no reason to allow them to negotiate individually with carriers.
Some perks of this:
1.) Small providers would get the same price as the big providers (as they should)
2.) Channel line ups can be determined by the carriers per their subscriber base without worrying about overall cost as each subscriber supports the carriers channel expense and provides whatever built in profit they have set.
3.) At the carriers choice they can allow for consumers to pick and choose their line ups as subscriber numbers dictate everything (as they should).
4.) Carriers would compete based on the actual services they provide and cost to consumers.
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Re: The FCC??
said by batterup:Look at Nielsen ratings. You'll find that CBS runs a lot of the top-rated shows. You (and many of us BBR geeks) may not agree with America's idea of quality programming, but looking channels from a purely statistical perspective, CBS is significant.
What is so vital about CBS?
Doesn't work for everyone. We have pesky mountains in the way. And even if you can receive the signals, it's not going to work with a TWC-rented DVR. People are paying pretty steep monthly premiums for hassle-free entertainment services. If you're going to go through all the effort to get an OTA antenna rigged up and a compatible TiVo DVR, why not just cut the cord altogether?
Put a coat hanger out the window and get it in FiOS like HD.
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Re: The FCC??
said by djrobx:No I mean truly "vital" like 911, or transit workers; they can't strike even between contracts.
Look at Nielsen ratings. You'll find that CBS runs a lot of the top-rated shows.
I know how people feel; Cablevision and Fox did this during the baseball playoffs. Was I miffed? Yes, I too live behind a mountain so no OTA.
Looking back it doesn't appear I suffered any lingering effects from having to watch low res streaming from China.