My ISP Sells Cars, Too
Time Warner Cable & Cox flirt with autos, real estate
by Karl Bode 10:32AM Friday Dec 28 2007 Tipped by MacLeech
Users in our Roadrunner forum
note that Time Warner and their ISP subsidiary Roadrunner have been playing around in the car sales business (see TV commercial
) for a few years. While it's certainly normal for companies to branch out into other fields (Comcast just bought Fandango, after all) it's a little strange to see that their car sales website, BeepBeep.com
It's worth noting because it demonstrates how wide of a net ISPs are casting into the content arena in order to avoid being dumb-pipe providers who just (gasp) sell bandwidth. Time Warner is probably trying to get maximum mileage out of their Looney Toons properties but still, you'd think a company that large could afford a slightly original design.
Note that Cox is engaged in a similar push via their GoScoutAutos.com
web properties. Somewhere there's an angry mid-level manager, concerned Cox missed out on some synergy by not using their Digital Max
character to hock condos and Volvos. Will we ever again see broadband providers who simply sell -- bandwidth? Would you pay for a provider who simply offered a skeleton connection (no portal, e-mail, security services support)?
Re: old news
said by devnuller:They aren't selling cars. They are selling referrals to local car dealers and getting a kickback from them for directing the buyers to the local dealers.
beepbeep.com has been around selling cars for many years.
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Re: old news
said by jtel:Cox also owns Auto Trader.
Cox has a similar service goscoutautos.tv I think there's a goscouthomes.tv also
Don't lose your mind trying to set it free...
This will all end in tears As if they didn't already have anough to fix? 888 number is always busy, forcing you to call a local office, which in my case, is a long distance number. Then, as you burn minutes getting switched between "customer care" and "tech support" and not getting anything resolved, they play the same recording over and over and over. Finally, with mercy, the call usually disconnects. What's worse than a used car dealer? A used care dealer associated with Time Warner.
In 2000, CEO pay was statistically 300:1 to minimum wage. In 2005, it's 431:1. If minimum wage matched growth rate with CEO pay from 1990 to 2005, it would now be $19.00/hr.
Is Ann Coulter a transexual? What's with that adams apple?
Re: Why is this news? The intern who thought that Cox and Time Warner Cable hocking cars and real estate would prove interesting to anyone has been killed, and his family has been alerted to come pick up the ashes.
Time Warner and their partially owned ISP subsidiary RoadrunnerRoadRunner, the ISP, has been fully owned by Time Warner for quite some time now.
Better than WileECoyoteMotors.com I tried buying a car from Wile E. Coyote Motors once. Turn the key in the ignition and the car flipped itself over and pinned me down. It took me five whole minutes to stop from being just a little head and feet waddling around.
Re: Better than WileECoyoteMotors.com That would be ACME Motors not Wile E. Coyote, he is just a client...
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But why would they? If a provider would just sell me a barebones IP connection, for a significant savings off of the traditional e-mail-web-host-portal-crap-security-software monster that has become commonplace, I would buy it in a heartbeat. But why would they?
As a user, I'm paying for a full-fat cable connection, and not using my ISP's e-mail, web hosting, portal, security, or any of that crap. So, it costs them less to serve me than email@example.com. Services I don't use == ISP profit. Why, oh why, would they want to pass these savings on to me?
Site Rules Violated and Content Unworthy This is ridiculous.
It goes against what this site is supposed to stand for, and it promotes the very same.
Why promote the services that are cited in the Spam FAQ as not being acceptable on this site?
Just posting an article about it promotes it.
This site is for broadband news, not car sales, or the plight of baby seals (no matter how inhuman and horrible that is).
I really don't understand this being posted as news on the front page, or any page, for that matter.
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