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Why your cable bill is going up


By tovarichpeter   Follow   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 11:28pm PST   914 views   13 comments
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/business/media/all-viewers-pay-to-keep-tv-sports-fans-happy.html?ref=business&_r=0&gwh=3D34A8570FBBB5907D5BC693193447B0

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Melissa   Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 3:56am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 1

Not mine. I canceled my cable last year. Definitely happier not seeing all the ads. There are plenty on the Internet. So far they aren't as intrusive as on TV, unless you try to use Hulu. I have a Netflix account and I mostly avoid videos (like CNN) that force commercials on me.

New Renter   Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 4:34am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 2

Nor mine - I don't follow sports of any kind so I'm perfectly happy with non-live entertainment.

Thank you Netflix and Hulu!

Thedaytoday   Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 4:51am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike (1)     Comment 3

WOW TWC paid $7 Billion for Dodgers!!!! Crazy.

CaptainShuddup   Sun, 27 Jan 2013, 10:49pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike (1)     Comment 4

Just in time, I'm ditching Cable.
I recently bought a GoogleTV set top box, it has the Android OS on it.
So you download apps like Netflix and other fun Android apps as well, but I'm mostly interested in the FREE Movie streaming apps, like Crackle, SNAG, Viki, Drama, and TV redux, the shows are by far greater quality than anything on the 200+ channels on XFinity line up, that I'm paying over $170 for. I've kept cable all these years only for HBO, and the Discovery type channels. But as of late, all those discovery channels show are reality shows of America's dumbest white people(coincidence? I think NOT!) All of the interesting documentaries are from 2009 and before.
HBO quit showing hot full length features, and show movies that are destined to show on Encore, they started producing their own original series. But the good ones have gotten far and few between. And when they do produce a hit, they are in spurts of 6 week mini series, and they don't air a new season until over a year, if at all. More than not, they pull the plug on a good show, and decide not to reproduce a new season at all. After I've already invested 6 weeks in watching the show, and waiting over a year for word on a new season.

No love loss here, cable companies are holding devices like the Google TV box back. But even with the services I mentioned above, this type of media content is in it's "14.4 baud rate modem" state. We're still going to see 28.8, 56K, DSL, ADSL, then Broadband. (In relation to how the internet progressed from 1995 to now).
There will be a day when cable will be distant memory, and most people will stream media directly from the internet. Any other way is just uncivilized.

errc   Sun, 27 Jan 2013, 11:27pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 5

Melissa says

Not mine. I canceled my cable last year. Definitely happier not seeing all the ads. There are plenty on the Internet. So far they aren't as intrusive as on TV, unless you try to use Hulu. I have a Netflix account and I mostly avoid videos (like CNN) that force commercials on me.

Ditto. Its quite liberating as the saved money funds an extra vacation per year and even though I didn't watch much of the brainwash box in the first place, I've found much better things to do with my tvtime.

That and you can plug a cable wire into the back of the television and get cable for free over the air. And its of higher quality than cable or satellite offers their paying customers lol

exflirt   Mon, 28 Jan 2013, 2:47am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 6

Melissa says

Not mine. I canceled my cable last year. Definitely happier not seeing all the ads. There are plenty on the Internet. So far they aren't as intrusive as on TV, unless you try to use Hulu. I have a Netflix account and I mostly avoid videos (like CNN) that force commercials on me.

Me too! I'm one who cancelled television service in 2009. When my children told me a month later they didn't even miss it, I knew it was smooth sailing from there. We find free content and pay for Netflix and my children actually play, both outside and inside. It's great.

zzyzzx   Mon, 28 Jan 2013, 2:51am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 7

I use an antenna for my TV.

BTW, you can get a standalone DVR for antenna usage.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-MDR515H-F7-500GB-HDD-and-DVD-R-with-Digital-Tuner/15080509

Shows out of stock, so maybe there is a new model??

zzyzzx   Mon, 28 Jan 2013, 2:56am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike (1)     Comment 8

I am adding this story to my long list of reasons why I hate organized sports.

CaptainShuddup   Mon, 28 Jan 2013, 3:17am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 9

I've never needed a reason.

KILLERJANE   Mon, 28 Jan 2013, 4:08am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 10

Same...Internet Netflix etc, no Viagra commercial for the little ones! Cable is freakingout about their revenue!!!! Die mafia and die again!

CaptainShuddup   Mon, 28 Jan 2013, 4:38am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 11

The cool thing about Crackle and some of the other services is they have commercials, but they are two 30 second spots, and are about 10 to 15 minutes apart. And SNAG only shows their corporate logo over a brief snazzy sound track, that only lasts about 5 seconds. If I leave the room, I'll miss some dialog before I return, that's how brief the breaks are. They are never overly compressed to force you to hear it regardless of where you are in your house. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason where they place the commercials, like not during a fade out or anything. IT could be right in the middle of dialog. But after the commercial it resumes right where it left off. There doesn't seem to be any editing of any of the movie content to fill a time slot. So it's all really doesn't bother me that there are commercials.

KILLERJANE   Mon, 28 Jan 2013, 4:44am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike (1)     Comment 12

Sports is overrated and overpaid. I'll watch sports when they pay me big bucks to watch.

KILLERJANE   Mon, 28 Jan 2013, 4:45am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 13

Commercials are actually what fund the programming by and large so it is hat it is.

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