Re: good point?
said by anonname :That will only mean higher profits for Comcast, at least for the C-level executives, as I'm sure the customers will continue to see regular price hikes. Has any other lowered operating cost trickled down to the customer? Something is trickling down, but it isn't savings.
Maybe the huge negotiating power will convince broadcasters to lower bills?
Re: Benefits vs. cost I never said that they don't.
Re: Retransmission negotiations
said by moulder3:Wait, what? How is that any different? TWC has commercials in their on-demand programs and we've never been able to fast-forward either.
In addition to higher rates & capped broadband (mentioned by previous posters), let's not forget Comcast's other MAJOR concession to broadcast networks:
Despite having a vast on-demand library, almost all broadcast network shows now have disabled controls on Comcast. This means that in addition to having commercials inserted into the on-demand programs, you can't even fast-forward like you would with a DVR'd program.
Sports watchers get ready to pay Between Comcast and Time Warner they will own right to tons of sport/RSN. Get ready to pay big bucks if you want to see your favorite team.
2nd Layoffs are coming big time. No need for two marketing departments or call center that service same region.
Content makers better be prepared to get crushed, piss off Comcast and you will lose (insert made up percentage here) of tv viewers in US.
Merger is happening no matter what. David Cohen isn't a big time Obama administration fundraiser for nothing. Time to cash in on his services rendered.
We are screwed.
Almost forgot, Hells NO merger is not worth.
Re: Sports watchers get ready to pay
said by buzz_4_20:I also pay for women's programming, kids programming, religious programing, Hispanic programming, black programing, gay programming. Crap like Duck Dynasty, Honey Boo, Axe Men, men who kill gators, shows about midgets, pawn shows, buy crap from storage bins shows, cup cake shows, cheesy sci-fi shows about sharks and tornados, murder porn, tea party news network etc etc shall I go on? I could fill a whole page full of programming I'm paying for that I don't watch.
except that We ALL pay for sports regardless of subscription.
Re: Comcast will probably buy Arris
said by IowaCowboy:haha good one they already own a portion ARRIS
Those better set-tops will probably be made possible by Comcast buying Arris like Ma Bell/AT&T owning Western Electric.
Comcast seems to want to be the next Ma' Bell except in the world of Broadband and pay TV.
·Time Warner Cable
Considering the alternative, yes.
quote:Yes. The alternative was getting sold to Charter's Malone, who "has built a reputation as cable's Darth Vader over the last 30 years". So, if I'm getting sold to the dark side either way, I'd rather at least be with a company that's bullish on tech, and has a track record of driving tech forward.
What do you think, Time Warner Cable customers? Are better set top boxes and potential access to faster, similarly-expensive broadband services worth the potential monopsony threat Comcast will pose over the longer haul?
I still appreciate that Comcast brought HD to our area in a timely fashion. Our area has changed owners so many times, they were the only cable company that actually put some effort into our system and brought us cutting-edge technology shortly after taking over.
·Time Warner Cable
said by Millenium:I thought Comcast had a 10 dollar a month plan 5/1 that would take the place of TWC's 2/1 15 dollar a month everyday low cost plan.
I have $14.99 non-promotional, uncapped internet through Time Warner and I have $7.99 Netflix. I don't want those to change. 50 mbps service, even 1 gbps is great. But I don't want to be paying $50, $70, or a $100 per month for internet.
Is Comcast going to phase out Time Warner's uncapped Everyday Low Price Internet? Is Comcast charging Netflix so much that Netflix is going to have to raise prices?
Also sure it's not capped.
Could be mistaken though.
No Competition Where I am, there's no competition to Time Warner Cable for Internet access. (For TV, I could go with satellite like DirectTV or Dish.) Verizon doesn't have FIOS by me. Though it's in surrounding areas, they've said they don't want to expand. They do offer DSL, but we all know how they're trying to ditch that ASAP. I don't want to jump ONTO a sinking ship! My only other Internet options are mobile broadband (too expensive for primary home use) or dial-up (too slow for my needs).
Effectively, Time Warner Cable is the only game in town and they know that.
Faster speeds would be nice. Right now, I tend to clock in at around 8Mbps. 50mbps would be nice, but quite honestly I'd take more competition over faster speeds. If I had my way, the merger would be approved with one big condition: The network maintenance business would be split from the customer access business.
One company (call it Comcast Networking) would build and maintain their network. They would sell access to the second company (call it Comcast Consumer) as well as to any third party that wanted to provide service in the area. The customer access companies would be responsible for handling customer service (such as service issue reports) and handling all account responsibilities (signing people up, billing them, etc). Comcast Networking would be called in if there was a physical networking issue that needed to be resolved. Finally, Comcast Networking would NOT be allowed to own or deliver any of their own content. The Comcast TV service would be served by the Comcast Consumer company. (This would help build network neutrality right into the business model.)
This would encourage competition which, in turn, would help improve service and bring down prices.
Of course, I'm not going to hold my breath that this will happen.
Santa Monica, CA
·Time Warner Cable
Status quo, please. While I can't see any legal reason to stop the merger, I'd rather TWC was left alone.
They are a remarkably better company than their predecessor, and though they are not perfect, they offer reasonable packages if you negotiate well, and they do invest in plant upgrades. i
We have plenty of speed, thank you. The STB's may stink, but the answer there is to migrate towards customer-owned equipment, i.e. Roku, (with a "virtual outlet fee"), not continue the agony of cableco maintaining a huge inventory of obsolete equipment.
TWC can achieve that without Comcast.
No! There is nothing good about this! Comcast will make everything worse if this is allowed to happen watch!
·Time Warner Cable
Re: Its all about leveraging us (the end user) against the content providers
said by XeenFalcon:That sounds good and all, but why a 1TB cap on a freaking 1gbs connection?
Netflix IS a good example of this. If the peering between cogent and comcast becomes saturated the ISP should increase the bandwidth going to the peer point, its all part of the providing the best possible routing to your customers thing. These so called peering disputes should have never happened comcast should have gracefully excepted cogent peering for free because that's what providing good routing for your customers is all about. The fact that some people used VPN to get better through put with netflix says everything about Comcast routing, the user in affect took the routing upon them selves by using a VPN, which is very sad that it has come down to this. Routing through your ISP should provide you with the most direct route possible but this is no longer the case with the large ISP's. A local ISP in my town pays for a 10 Gb connection with cogent along with three other 10Gb connections with nlayer, XO, and Level 3 all to insure the best possible routing to its costumers. and thats what provding internet should be. »xmission.com/our_network
I would just sign up for the 100/100 with the 1TB cap and pay 35 dollars a month in place of 65.
Couldn't they at lest have given you a 2TB if your going to pay almost 2times more a month for internet. That would be like AT&T making a 4G LTE 2GB plan cost 2 times as much as a 2GB 3G plan.
I am glad you have a local ISP, but a 1TB cap on the 1GBs seems kind of low to me.