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by Revcb 07:19AM Wednesday Jul 17 2013

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Chesterfield, MO

DSL More Resilient Than Cable

The DSL guys would be crazy to use the NetFlix bandwidth results as a marketing slide. If I recall correctly, Comcast, Charter and maybe CableVision (at least recently) wouldn't be adversely affected by showing the results in a marketing slide. Do the cable guys have more congestion challenges delivering 30Mbps or 50Mbps than 6Mbps? I have no numbers but a common sense answer would be yes. I'm not sure what conclusion the study is trying to make.

Limestone, ME
·Pioneer Wireless

Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck in

I'm I the only one who is so utterly sick of ads that I'm never going to go back to broadcast TV.
I have AD Block on all my PCs.
I have hosts files to block ads on all my android devices.
I have an ad blocker in my router that blocks ads from youtube, vevo, hulu, xbox live and anything else that I see.

The advertising industry is a sham, it's a bunch of people just trying to con you out of your money, that's it that's all they do.
Stop making crap then trying to market it, just make something that does a job better than what exits now and people will buy it.

They're right up there with health insurance A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY, I bet if all the money that went to health insurance went directly to the hospitals and providers we'd be doing much better as a country, and the cost of healthcare would be a lot more reasonable.

They try to justify their existence with their claims of JOBS... what jobs, if the world economy collapses and people are looking to survive what skills to advertisers have that will help keep us fed?
Space Elf
Mullica Hill, NJ

Re: Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck in

The advertisers seem to fail at realizing that they are at fault for all the blocking. They made intrusive popups so we got popup blockers, They made ads with flashing and sound and a nasty habit of delivering malware payloads so we got adblockers. They have done nothing to prevent bad from entering their ad networks so the only choice for the user is the nuclear option and to block em all.
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Milford, CT

RE:Xbox One games playable while downloading

"We've tied our console into the online service so tightly that it will become nothing more than a doorstop when we decide to discontinue support for it."

Caveat Emptor
United State
·TracFone Wireless

Naked TV Will Kill Profits

Translation: It will kill cable operator profit. Maybe not. Viewers are deserting cable in droves in favor of satellite, smartphones, tablets, on-line viewing, movie rental stores, and services like Netflix to escape the exorbitant gouging for poor quality pictures and forced channel lineup.

Nothing makes me madder than being greatly overcharged for a lineup that is 80% OTA, 10% pay channels such as HBO/sports pack, 4 local news channels plus one PBS channel. The balance is channels you might like. If I want 15/5 plus cable and phone. I am going to pay close to $200 for it in Rural America.

When I had the big dish I had many choices. First of all there were four providers of channel lineup and all had packages just like cable, but there was a twist. One of the options was create your own lineup for a small extra charge. I had 20 channels with Showtime, all national broadcast channels and 4 PBS for the princely sum of $25 before tax. Showtime was $5 for all channels, OTA was free. The other channels cost $.50-$1.00 each, and ESPN was $2 for all channels. The signal was crystal clear and the colors were not washed out. I guarantee the providers were not losing money. All the pay channels except ESPN and Playboy broadcast free and unencrypted for one week every year.

All programming comes from the same source. Cable will not do this as long as they can milk the public for maximum profit. If they wanted to keep customers they would do something smart which is unlikely in the foreseeable future which is why I cut the cable cord several years ago.
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