US Sen. McCain working on 'a la carte' cable TV bill

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  • Reply 81 of 148
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,002member
    Another problem is that most smaller channels are owned by the big ones. Whenever you hear a cable company is in negotiations with say ABC they're not just talking the broadcast channel but Disney, ESPN, and others.
  • Reply 82 of 148
    herbapouherbapou Posts: 2,228member


     


     


    Been using "a la carte" for almost 10 years now and I sure wont go back to packages.  The only place in north America that I know offer this is the Quebec province in Canada. Its not even available in other Canadian provinces.


     


    The thing is Cable and Bell Fibe do also offer regular packages, but at least we have "a la carte" option if we want. Most people here want a mix of english and french channels, complicating the packages content so they came out with this solution.


     


    You will notice that some channels are bundle has one "choice" inside the "a la carte" line up. I like that.


     


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    On top of the "a la carte" packages, we must take the basic:


     


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    So the minumum cost for "a la carte" in Quebec is $24 + $18 so $42/month.  The funny thing is people always assumed you pay for unwanted channels in packages (true), but when chosing 15 channels you find out its not that easy. I always have to  drop some I would have wanted on some occasion.


     


     

  • Reply 83 of 148
    anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 6,868member

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    Originally Posted by BrianCPA View Post


     


    Yup, patch a bad policy over a bad policy over another bad policy and what do you get? Our government and legal system.


     


    If what you say is true that "policy got us into this mess", then you can either: (a) fix it with policy or (2) get rid of the policies altogether. Do you want to put new shingles over a rotting roof?



     


    Well, it would be more effective for keeping dry than simply ripping off the roof with no plan for a new one, now wouldn't it? Or were you hoping the invisible hand would magically build you a new roof? Sorry, the invisible hand only pleasures itself.

  • Reply 84 of 148
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,729member

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    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post





    Sorry my attempt at humor without being political. No offense intended.


    No No - you misunderstood. No offence taken. I was probably being political. Hard not to. ;)

  • Reply 85 of 148
    dilliodillio Posts: 106member
    This is not good for a future Apple TV. It's good for current and future cable subscribers, don't get me wrong. However, if a-la-carte subscriptions will be enforced, it will make any future Apple TV less revolutionary. We want the cable companies, and cable service to be as horrible as possible, until after Apple TV (the real Apple TV) launches.
  • Reply 86 of 148
    herbapouherbapou Posts: 2,228member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dillio View Post



    This is not good for a future Apple TV. It's good for current and future cable subscribers, don't get me wrong. However, if a-la-carte subscriptions will be enforced, it will make any future Apple TV less revolutionary. We want the cable companies, and cable service to be as horrible as possible, until after Apple TV (the real Apple TV) launches.


     


    You're are assuming Apple goes without the ISP's.   I am not so sure of that. I personnally thinks Apple is or at least was trying to go with Cable partnership.

  • Reply 87 of 148
    v5vv5v Posts: 1,357member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post



    Again, that's how small city pro teams survive.


     


    I'm sorry, I don't know what a "small city pro team" is. Are you talking about sports? Production crews?

  • Reply 88 of 148
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,388member


    It's interesting that while a la carte is desired for television channels, it is absolutely not desired for the Internet. 


     



     


    There's obviously a fundamental difference somewhere, but can someone articulate it? 

  • Reply 89 of 148
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,384member
    Fuck McCain. He's the last person on earth I'd want setting any kind of direction for this. Although he's clueless about absolutely everything, I figure this area is one in which he's the most clueless.
  • Reply 90 of 148
    Now if he could just stop his VCR from flashing 12:00.
  • Reply 91 of 148
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,407member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post



    **** McCain. He's the last person on earth I'd want setting any kind of direction for this. Although he's clueless about absolutely everything, I figure this area is one in which he's the most clueless.


    This is a puzzling post.


     


    What does your disdain for McCain have to do with the merits (or lack thereof) of a la carte cable pricing!?


     


    Add: Interesting that the four-letter word is still in the original post, but hidden in the quote in my reply!

  • Reply 92 of 148
    j1h15233j1h15233 Posts: 274member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post





    Do you know how many small city professional teams survive only because of revenue sharing? More choices is always better than less.


     


    If they're not offering anything that people are willing to pay for, then what's the point of them existing? It's like saying the Zune should get to survive because it has to share revenue with the iPod.

  • Reply 93 of 148
    winterspanwinterspan Posts: 605member


    Yep, and everytime this comes up, all the small channels and the people who watch them, especially those that cater to a particular race/ethnicity (BET), foreign language channels (spanish language) and religion (all the christian channels) scream bloody murder and attempt to block any attempt at A-la-carte pricing...

  • Reply 94 of 148
    pt123pt123 Posts: 696member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mistergsf View Post



    What's to stop the cable companies from charging even more for a la carte and and essentially still ripping us off?




    Why blame just the cable companies? Disney, HBO, etc. are the ones charging cable companies. And how about the shows themselves? Must the NFL charge Disney/ESPN billions for Monday Night Football for one fame a week?

  • Reply 95 of 148
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,002member
    v5v wrote: »
    I'm sorry, I don't know what a "small city pro team" is. Are you talking about sports? Production crews?

    Sports
  • Reply 96 of 148
    pt123pt123 Posts: 696member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by winterspan View Post


    Yep, and everytime this comes up, all the small channels and the people who watch them, especially those that cater to a particular race/ethnicity (BET), foreign language channels (spanish language) and religion (all the christian channels) scream bloody murder and attempt to block any attempt at A-la-carte pricing...





    And don't forget the lame hunting and fishing channel too.

  • Reply 97 of 148
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,002member
    j1h15233 wrote: »
    If they're not offering anything that people are willing to pay for, then what's the point of them existing? It's like saying the Zune should get to survive because it has to share revenue with the iPod.

    Problem is that there just isn't enough people in a smaller city.
  • Reply 98 of 148
    herbapouherbapou Posts: 2,228member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    It's interesting that while a la carte is desired for television channels, it is absolutely not desired for the Internet. 


     


     


    There's obviously a fundamental difference somewhere, but can someone articulate it? 



     


    Wow thats wierd, you are paying xtras for data coming from various website? Note that unlimited data for some TV stream websites could be worth it.

  • Reply 99 of 148
    j1h15233j1h15233 Posts: 274member


    1. ABC


    2. NBC


    3. Fox


    4. CBS


    5. ESPN


    6. AMC


    7. TBS


    8. TNT


    9. FX


    10. ESPN 2


    11. A&E


    12. ABC Family


    13. NFL Network


    14. HBO


    15. CW


     


    I'm pretty sure my wife and I could survive just fine with only these 15 channels. 95% of our tv watching comes from these stations. 

  • Reply 100 of 148
    j1h15233j1h15233 Posts: 274member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post





    Problem is that there just isn't enough people in a smaller city.


    What does a smaller city have to do with it? 

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