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Originally Posted by VulcanDragon View Post
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.
Here's to hoping that this really does happen, and that MTV - and Jersey Shore - get dropped!
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I'd like to see a comparison between number of cable subscribers vs. number of streaming media subscribers vs time, and whether there's been some drastic exodus from cable.

We ditched cable for netflix and hulu--even with subscribing to both of the streaming programmings, it still costs half as much as what we were paying for basic cable (generally just the local stations plus discovery and food network). Can't imagine that even ala carte we could get the channels that cover what we like to watch for $20/month.
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post #23 of 47
Funny a country like India is already doing this!
post #24 of 47
I've heard this rumored many times over the last 20 years...basically...untill Statilite offers it you won't see any cable companies do it.
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post #25 of 47
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Here's to hoping that this really does happen, and that MTV - and Jersey Shore - get dropped!
They are extremely popular. It's more likely the channels you like would get dropped then those .
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post #26 of 47
Jersey shore even got an live musical made out of it...that was the first I've ever even heard of the show and even that live show is probably more popular than most of the History and Research channel shows I watch.
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post #27 of 47
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Yeah, HD boxes for my comcast service are only $8 extra as well
By $8 "extra", you mean $8 more than a regular cable box? Man...with TW, both the HD and SD boxes cost $8, same price. I've never praised TW before, but I guess this is something they actually got right.

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They are extremely popular. It's more likely the channels you like would get dropped then those .
Sad, but true. Although I have to admit, I'll be watching the new Beavis and Buttheads when they come on MTV!

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I'd like to see a comparison between number of cable subscribers vs. number of streaming media subscribers vs time, and whether there's been some drastic exodus from cable.
Probably not "drastic", but certainly enough to move the needle on the cable operator's bottom line. So they would be correct in trying to get ahead of this somehow before it really does get drastic.

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We ditched cable for netflix and hulu--even with subscribing to both of the streaming programmings, it still costs half as much as what we were paying for basic cable (generally just the local stations plus discovery and food network). Can't imagine that even ala carte we could get the channels that cover what we like to watch for $20/month.
I ditched all my premium channels for Netflix (*cough* Quikster) and cut my bill significantly. I can't get on board with full streaming yet though...admittedly I have not looked into Hulu Plus recently, but there is just no way that everything my family wants to watch is available on streaming, is there? My wife is a big HGTV watcher, I can't believe that's on Hulu...is it?
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post #28 of 47
I'm with vulcan. I don't pay $0.01 extra for HD, and I shouldn't have to.

If they tried to get me to pay, I'd use my ATSC tuner instead. Over the air, broadcast is HD. Cable isn't upscaling it for me or anything.


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post #29 of 47
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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.
LOL if you think you're going to get cable channels for less than 10 bucks a month...There will always be a price floor with any model they will have. It will probably be closer to 30 bucks a month for the service, then $1-2 per channel after that.


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I'm with vulcan. I don't pay $0.01 extra for HD, and I shouldn't have to.

If they tried to get me to pay, I'd use my ATSC tuner instead. Over the air, broadcast is HD. Cable isn't upscaling it for me or anything.


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Yeah but you get only a handful of local channels in HD over the air...Good luck getting movie channels, espn, etc...
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post #30 of 47
We have always known that the 10-12 channels we ACTUALLY want and watch are footing the bill for those other 85 channels.

Its about time we pay for what we get, then maybe the rediculous programs on those idiot channels will die off. As a side result perhaps we could improve the quality overall, this might spawn true competition in programming rather than nonstop cheapo 'reality' tv shows (which are 120% garbage)
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