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post #11 of 47
I've been bugging my cable provider about this for years. They'll screw it up somehow so that it's not worth it. All I want is local channels, sports channels and maybe Sci-Fi. I can get local channels but it's $20 just for them and a bunch of junk stations they cram in with it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by donutpirate View Post
The first provider to charge on a channel-by-channel basis, I will get.

I was always expecting Google to be the first to roll out an idea like this. Charge $1-$2 or so per channel for the people that want it, there's only 5 or 6 I actually want.
I think this is a great idea. I don't watch t.v that much anymore, but I have about ten channels I'll watch for more than an hour. I would love to have a $20 cable bill.
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post #13 of 47
I'd be down. Get the Discovery Suite, CC, CN, a few movie channels. Life would be good. Til then, INTERNET!
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post #14 of 47
I can see how this would work, but i also see an issue. We all know that cable companies are a greedy bunch, whats to say they won't charge you an arm and a leg for each single channel? (figuratively)
post #15 of 47
the cost / channel will be so high, unless you only want 2 channels, you'll be better off bundling.
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depending on how this would/will get implemented id be very interested
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post #17 of 47
The article seems like an unsubstantiated rumor to me.
WHO is "considering" this? WHEN did they "consider" this? WHAT SOURCE actually claims that anyone is "considering" this? This is just so 180-degrees from what the cable industry has been saying forever that we should not believe a word of this until we get something a little more solid than what this article provides.


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Originally Posted by UbNub View Post
They'll get you on other fees as well I'm sure. Like $8 a month I think it is for a cable box and $30 a month for "HD".
You have to pay $30/month for HD? That's ridiculous, I guess Time Warner's free HD is a better deal than I thought.

In theory if this were to go through, you could unsubscribe from the SD version of the same channel and drive the overall cost down...

Quote:
Originally Posted by matty0610 View Post
I wonder how they will charge for like hbo etc

Uh...premium channels are already a la carte. Around here they are $8/month, with a small discount for subscribing to multiple channels.

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Originally Posted by Bunnywinkles View Post
The more I think about it, then yeah it will probally be more expensive. $2 a channel, for the 200 I could get would come out to $400 instead of $44.95
To be correct, the pricing per channel cannot be constant though. As the article states, ESPN is stupid expensive compared to everything else. So you might have to pay $5-$6 for the ESPN block of channels ($4 goes to ESPN), but maybe only a dollar for lower tier channels like Food Network or Travel Channel. Charging a flat rate for everything overcharges for some channels and undercharges for others, which is the model we have now essentially.

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Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post
I don't think this will ever happen, as they will just be loosing tons of money from current subscribers downgrading their plans to only the channels they watch.
There would be some top-line revenue lost, sure. But in theory:
  • They could also gain subscribers who were willing to pay for a small bucket of self-selected channels, but were not willing to subscribe to the existing tiered structure.
  • Channels that cannot sustain their existence will no longer be subsidized by being protected in a tier, and would likely be dropped over time to free bandwidth for channels that more people might subscribe to.
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post #18 of 47
omg about time they think about it. all i ever watch on digital cable is natgeo, discovery, history, local news, soemtimes cartoon network, disney, and abc fam... I don't think it's worth paying 40 dollars for those few channels!
post #19 of 47
About time. This should have been done long ago.
post #20 of 47
Yeah, HD boxes for my comcast service are only $8 extra as well smile.gif
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