Originally Posted by eithris
i have no problem watchin ads when the content is free. but when I'm paying for a service, I'm not putting up with advertising. period, dot. they can't have my money and the ad revenue both. I'll pay good money for quality content, but I'm not gonna pay a dime to sit and watch commercials. I pay for entertainment, not annoyance.
That's the rub though. You pay for service that gets the data from the broadcaster to your house. You don't pay for what you see. Your cable company has zero control over content. Hence why you never see a cable provider suing about commercials. They couldn't care less if you watch commercials or not. I mean look at this particular instance Fox (a broadcast company) is suing Dish (a provider). Fox doesn't make a lot of money from Dish. They make their money from the commercials.
If Fox feels like they are not making enough money from their advertisements they up the cost of their channels to providers. Which your provider will either have to eat or raise their prices. The largest sum of money is made by the broadcast companies in this whole deal. Production companies that make the shows barely see 20% of the money made.
Originally Posted by perfectblade
these stupid cable companies should not be monopolies in the first place-they should be public services imo. the problem with these companies being private entities is that their shareholders expect every quarter AND, as I said before, they are monopolies. therefore the only way to serve their shareholders is to bump up prices on their poor helpless subscribers who have nowhere else to turn.
it's the idiotic mindset of the american system: private is ALWAYS better and no rational cost-benefit analysis is needed. even when it is a private, price-gouging monopoly
You must live in area with only one cable service provider and I know the feeling, and it sucks. In this case private is a slightly better choice. Or do you want a multi-billion dollar a year business to be handed over to the government who already regulates it heavily. Yep sounds like great idea. Good-bye non-government approved news (more so than it already is). I'd expect a massive drop in service or a huge increase in costs. Though it might force the broadcast companies to stop their shenanigans.
Leave it as private but transition to a customer controlled co-op like the power companies do in certain areas. The customers would then for the large part make the big decisions for the service and leave the day to day operations to the people hired by the co-op. Any profit made beyond operation costs goes back in to dropping the rates for the customer.
I don't have a choice about my power company where I am living right now but I am happy with it. It is cheap and rates rarely ever change and the big part is my service guarantee. If something goes wrong they are immediately out to fix it or I get a discount. I lived in Texas where I could choose my company and rate for awhile. That was a mess but sounds good on paper. I got cheap rates but was told that it could take up to a week to get power restored after a small storm because they have you stuck to a contract.
The BBC model is great though as a public service but a lot of limits are placed on it. It wouldn't work here though because people would go nuts over a tax increase to be able to watch TV. I'd do it in a heartbeat but do you want to try and convince the rest of the US?
*Also just to be clear what you pay for your internet/cable service is whole other issue. There is a lot of variation between companies and some of the are ridiculously expensive but that has nothing to do with what you see on your TV. I went from DirecTV to Charter and got the same content but the difference was $100 for DTV and $40 for Charter cable and internet. Technically speaking if a broadcaster wanted they could switch to showing a hand flipping you off all day and night and your service provider couldn't do a thing about it.
TL:DR Don't blame your provider for commercials or crappy content. Blame the broadcaster networks. Complain all you want to providers for crappy service or overcharging for that service though. Just realize where the blame should lie.
Edit: Added ContentEdited by Kylepdalton - 9/25/13 at 3:04pm