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2013-06-13 11:02:06 AM
The subscription model is indeed superior, however since television has always been an advertising medium first and foremost, it probably won't be long before House of Cards et al will be trying to get you to buy Doritos as well.

/I can has a la carte cable in the meantime?
 
2013-06-13 11:03:11 AM
We've been living on Netflix and Hulu since late last year.  We buy other shows on Amazon like Breaking Bad and Walking Dead.  I can't say that we've missed cable all that much.
 
2013-06-13 11:05:55 AM
Despite creating a few shows, Netflix is still 95% a content aggregator.    They're always going to need more content, and are going to be dependent on content creators.    He who controls the content, controls the universe.
 
2013-06-13 11:05:57 AM
Netflix and regular antenna here. F*ck cable.
 
2013-06-13 11:07:15 AM

omahatattoo: We've been living on Netflix and Hulu since late last year.  We buy other shows on Amazon like Breaking Bad and Walking Dead.  I can't say that we've missed cable all that much.


Except for the fact that you're still watching cable network shows.
 
2013-06-13 11:08:12 AM
Cut cable not that long ago, have a Roku and the various channels like Hulu, Netflix, NoWhereCast, etc...

Haven't missed cable at all

And I can even get my hockey with HockeyStreams
 
2013-06-13 11:11:45 AM

Lernaeus: it probably won't be long before House of Cards et al will be trying to get you to buy Doritos as well.


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2013-06-13 11:14:33 AM

InmanRoshi: omahatattoo: We've been living on Netflix and Hulu since late last year.  We buy other shows on Amazon like Breaking Bad and Walking Dead.  I can't say that we've missed cable all that much.

Except for the fact that you're still watching cable network shows.


The biggest point is I'm not paying Cox for their cable service.  I'm saving money by going this route.
 
2013-06-13 11:15:26 AM
I had no cable for about 3 years but once my GF (now wife) moved in and I have a 13 year old step daughter and an almost 2 year old son, cable is back on. I could get my sports online as I did for a few years but nothing beats HD sports and I would have to DL way too many shows to keep the wife and kids happy. I'm hoping for a la carte cable but I'm not holding my breath.
 
2013-06-13 11:16:27 AM
I will be happier when they beef up their movie selection so that it matches even half of the DVD selection.

As it is it's lower quality new releases and even a thin offering of classics.
 
2013-06-13 11:19:25 AM

Lernaeus: /I can has a la carte cable in the meantime?


I am not sure that would be any better. I mean cable channels are sort of used to a certain amount of revenue. Right now TLC or AMC or whoever gets revenue based on every person who has that channel in that package whether they watch it or not. That revenue goes to paying for content. if you switch to a la carte they still need the same amount of revenue, but if they have significantly less subscribers, they are just going to increase their fees.
 
2013-06-13 11:19:55 AM

Lernaeus: /I can has a la carte cable in the meantime?


Cable a la carte has already missed its window, I think. I think it's going to move to all digital content distribution. Have an option to pay extra for no commercials. I'm not sure that channels as we currently know them will survive. There will probably still be prime time where new episodes are initially released, but the rest of the day won't be programmed at all. Or I could be completely wrong. Never misunderestimate the unwillingness of entrenched intrests to change.
 
2013-06-13 11:21:57 AM
If they make another season of Arrested Development, SLOW THE FARK DOWN AND LET THE PLOT LINES EVOLVE

JEEBUS. IS THERE ANYONE WHO CAN WRITE EXTENDED DIALOGUE ANYMORE?
 
2013-06-13 11:23:33 AM
We dumped cable a while back and don't miss it. Roku provides what we actually want to see and I still get local channels, with several in HD, coming in with internet. IF, knowing that it won't happen, the cable companies created a true a la carte model, I'd grab a few channels.
 
2013-06-13 11:23:45 AM

brap: As it is it's lower quality new releases and even a thin offering of classics.


Not having a deep library of classics is what really throws me about Netflix. I grok that they may not get the latest Michael Bay splodyfest on release day, but it seems to me that nearly every movie made before, say, 1980, should be available.
 
2013-06-13 11:25:06 AM

mechgreg: Lernaeus: /I can has a la carte cable in the meantime?

I am not sure that would be any better. I mean cable channels are sort of used to a certain amount of revenue. Right now TLC or AMC or whoever gets revenue based on every person who has that channel in that package whether they watch it or not. That revenue goes to paying for content. if you switch to a la carte they still need the same amount of revenue, but if they have significantly less subscribers, they are just going to increase their fees.


I think there is room for a la carte cable because in a nation as big as ours, even less popular channels still get some viewers. Of course that will mean that some channels will merge and others will simply die off but for ever household that doesn't watch Lifetime or Hallmark there is one that doesn't watch ESPN or Fox Sports.

Besides, it would force the remaining channels to either put quality content throughout the year like HBO and Showtime are doing now to avoid having people cancel during those months where their big shows were offseason.
 
2013-06-13 11:25:19 AM
Ala Carte cable won't work, the channels you don't want are necessary to subsidize the cost of the ones you do want.
 
2013-06-13 11:27:26 AM
I paid to end my cable subscription early bcause the crooks at DirectTV kept adding addiotnal packages and other charges without my permission nearly every month. I am happy with just Netflix. I would like to be able to see news Breaking Bad and Walking Dead, but I am not going to let a TV schedule control my life.
 
2013-06-13 11:29:29 AM
I went cable free in January. I don't use Netflix or any other pay service. If I can't stream stuff for free, I dig out a book.
 
2013-06-13 11:30:16 AM

omahatattoo: InmanRoshi: omahatattoo: We've been living on Netflix and Hulu since late last year.  We buy other shows on Amazon like Breaking Bad and Walking Dead.  I can't say that we've missed cable all that much.

Except for the fact that you're still watching cable network shows.

The biggest point is I'm not paying Cox for their cable service.  I'm saving money by going this route.


And Cox cable pays rights to A&E.  And with that revenue, A&E funds Breaking Bad and Walking Dead.    And when that revenue runs dry, we're just going to see even more crappy reality shows, because they're really cheap to make while Breaking Bad and Walking Dead is really expensive. 

So enjoy it while it lasts.
 
2013-06-13 11:32:36 AM
I cut the cord over 6 months ago. I miss some stuff but not enough to get it turned back on. Its a ton of money for not much content, and I can download stuff I miss thats not on Netflix from itunes for less than it would cost to pay for cable. I don't watch that much TV so it works. Occasionally I miss being able to turn on the tv and randomly flip channels, but in the last year or so of having cable I couldn't do that either because what would be on would piss me off (ie, bad reality programming).

I'm so glad I got it turned off.
 
2013-06-13 11:34:15 AM

NewWorldDan: Cable a la carte has already missed its window, I think. I think it's going to move to all digital content distribution. Have an option to pay extra for no commercials. I'm not sure that channels as we currently know them will survive. There will probably still be prime time where new episodes are initially released, but the rest of the day won't be programmed at all. Or I could be completely wrong. Never misunderestimate the unwillingness of entrenched intrests to change.


Channels will survive, they're just going to continue to create cheaper and cheaper content (ie bad reality shows), re-run the crappy content all day long in marathon blocks, and supplement income with a shiatload of infomercials.    They'll try to create a couple of "signature" serialized shows to draw a little notoriety, but those shows better draw buzz immediately because they're on borrowed time given that they cost about 30X more to make than the cheap reality show.
 
2013-06-13 11:34:33 AM

spman: Ala Carte cable won't work, the channels you don't want are necessary to subsidize the cost of the ones you do want.


This. When I had Direct, the average cost of a non-mainstream premium channel (Willow or Fox Soccer Plus,say) was $15 bucks a month. That's going to add up damn quick.
 
2013-06-13 11:35:17 AM
We dumped cable TV last year and don't even have local channels.
However, we have the Roku box and we don't mind paying 1.99 an episode to watch Continuum and Burn Notice via Amazon.
So worth it.
 
2013-06-13 11:35:50 AM

InmanRoshi: Channels will survive, they're just going to continue to create cheaper and cheaper content (ie bad reality shows), re-run the crappy content all day long in marathon blocks, and supplement income with a shiatload of infomercials.    They'll try to create a couple of "signature" serialized shows to draw a little notoriety, but those shows better draw buzz immediately because they're on borrowed time given that they cost about 30X more to make than the cheap reality show.


Don't forget product placement, everyone loves awkward product placement like those scenes in Pawn Stars where they just happen to be talking about how much they love Subway sandwiches.
 
2013-06-13 11:36:07 AM
I havent had cable for a few years. I have noticed though when I go to friends homes who have cable, all the channels are still re-running the same shiat they were 3 years ago. Why would I continue to pay for something I have already seen? I use Netflix, torrents and Hulu. I dont miss TV as much as I thought I would.
 
2013-06-13 11:37:14 AM
Cut mine 4 months ago. With a Roku, Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon and an OTA antenna and we're saving $125 a month.
 
2013-06-13 11:38:22 AM

spman: Ala Carte cable won't work, the channels you don't want are necessary to subsidize the cost of the ones you do want.


Actually the ones that people watch the most subsidize the ones that most people don't watch. Let's look at Viacom: people might pay for 1 MTV but not 6. They might pay for 1 VH1 but not 4. There are 7 different Nickelodeon channels. 4 different CMT channels. 4 different BET channels.

Right now cable companies have to buy either all channels a distributor offers or none and Viacom can say: DirecTV doesn't want to agree to our fee increase and you're losing Comedy Central and MTV. What they don't say is that DirecTV would pay the $5 per month per user for those 2 channels but they don't want to pay $20 per user per month per user for all the channels Viacom is selling as a package.
 
2013-06-13 11:39:26 AM

InmanRoshi: omahatattoo: InmanRoshi: omahatattoo: We've been living on Netflix and Hulu since late last year.  We buy other shows on Amazon like Breaking Bad and Walking Dead.  I can't say that we've missed cable all that much.

Except for the fact that you're still watching cable network shows.

The biggest point is I'm not paying Cox for their cable service.  I'm saving money by going this route.

And Cox cable pays rights to A&E.  And with that revenue, A&E funds Breaking Bad and Walking Dead.    And when that revenue runs dry, we're just going to see even more crappy reality shows, because they're really cheap to make while Breaking Bad and Walking Dead is really expensive. 

So enjoy it while it lasts.


InmanRoshi: omahatattoo: InmanRoshi: omahatattoo: We've been living on Netflix and Hulu since late last year.  We buy other shows on Amazon like Breaking Bad and Walking Dead.  I can't say that we've missed cable all that much.

Except for the fact that you're still watching cable network shows.

The biggest point is I'm not paying Cox for their cable service.  I'm saving money by going this route.

And Cox cable pays rights to A&E.  And with that revenue, A&E funds Breaking Bad and Walking Dead.    And when that revenue runs dry, we're just going to see even more crappy reality shows, because they're really cheap to make while Breaking Bad and Walking Dead is really expensive. 

So enjoy it while it lasts.


I'm sure A&E is still receiving money when I buy their shows on Amazon.

Do you work for a cable company?
 
2013-06-13 11:41:59 AM
Cut the cord about a month ago. The future Mrs. titwrench and I decided to cut way back on expenses and put the money in a "honeymoon" account. I do not miss cable one bit but as time marches on and there ends up being a lot more people cutting cable or not even signing up for it ever, the model will change and we will be enduring the same costs and problems cable has with commercials etc. I am OK with that model going away and having product placement within the construct of the programs but I know that will just lead to whole shows being one long commercial.
 
2013-06-13 11:42:53 AM

drewogatory: spman: Ala Carte cable won't work, the channels you don't want are necessary to subsidize the cost of the ones you do want.

This. When I had Direct, the average cost of a non-mainstream premium channel (Willow or Fox Soccer Plus,say) was $15 bucks a month. That's going to add up damn quick.


I'm not sure what Willow channel is but the reason some sports channels are very expensive is because they pay a lot to leagues for broadcasting rights. The know that live sports is one of the last things that is keeping some people as cable customers. Some channels they can shove into a package (like NBCSports or TimeWarnerChannel for Lakers games) but the large public would not be OK with spreading the cost for more marginal sports (by popularity) like soccer or rugby and that's why those specialized sports channels are more expensive.
 
2013-06-13 11:43:55 AM
Fix this MLB blackout shiat and I'm in.
 
2013-06-13 11:44:23 AM

Hugh2d2: Cut mine 4 months ago. With a Roku, Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon and an OTA antenna and we're saving $125 a month.


I wonder how many people have to make the switch before the system can't sustain itself. I mean the reason you can get your content so cheap on netflix/hulu//amazon or whatever is because it has already been paid for by people watching it on regular tv. But if no one is watching regular tv, I am not sure the 7 bucks a month people pay to netflix is enough to cover the cost required to develop shows. So like other people have said, eventually the costs for netfix or the ads on hulu have to increase or the quality of the new shows will have to decrease.
 
2013-06-13 11:44:59 AM

Buttknuckle: Netflix and regular antenna here. F*ck cable.


I have been thinking about doing that for a while now, only problem is I still want cable for internet, and I am guessing that basic cable / having the ability to order on demand are subsidizing the internet connection.  Cut the TV cord and I bet the internet price goes up.  I don't want to go back to DSL, last time they sold me a "10Mbps" line that was lucky to get 2, and with cable I routinely get 25-30.
 
2013-06-13 11:48:13 AM

mechgreg: Hugh2d2: Cut mine 4 months ago. With a Roku, Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon and an OTA antenna and we're saving $125 a month.

I wonder how many people have to make the switch before the system can't sustain itself. I mean the reason you can get your content so cheap on netflix/hulu//amazon or whatever is because it has already been paid for by people watching it on regular tv. But if no one is watching regular tv, I am not sure the 7 bucks a month people pay to netflix is enough to cover the cost required to develop shows. So like other people have said, eventually the costs for netfix or the ads on hulu have to increase or the quality of the new shows will have to decrease.


Over the air programming worked for years because of ad revenue. shiatty shows = fewer watchers = less revenue.

Cable programming has a different model. shiatty channels = bundled with a few good ones people want = more revenue.
 
2013-06-13 11:49:14 AM
Netflix and Hulu+ here.  Been contemplating MLB.tv since April.  For big events I go to the local sports bars.  Watching a UFC fight requires being around loud drunk people.
 
2013-06-13 11:49:23 AM
Let's break this down...

"Structurally, the Netflix model is maladaptive as well. Network episodes can be broken down to acts, and act-outs are the punchy moments that air before commercial breaks to sustain the viewer's interest."

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Yeah, like that great feeling when you see the fade to black, think "And now for an obvious commercial break!" and then have that feeling of relief when there is no commercial break and the show resumes immediately, enabling you to continue enjoying it.

"TV is designed for breaks, and viewers often need breaks to process information or share reactions and theories with co-viewers."

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Good TV needs no such breaks beyond the one second feeling that there was going to be a commercial there. Crap TV, on the other hand, gives you a good 2-3 minutes between breaks where the show describes what happened in the last segment, and the crappiest of crap TV gives you another minute or two just before the commercial break where they tell you what's going to happen after the break.

"As more people wait for broadcast programs to arrive on Netflix in full before starting them, fewer people watch the shows when they air the first time around. This means more shows are cancelled prematurely due to low ratings, which means there's a chance they'll never even reach Netflix. This process is slowly starving the networks down to nothing while Netflix flourishes off back catalogues and, increasingly, original programming."

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It's almost as if producers ought to produce shows that aren't crap. Then they might get some revenues down the road. But that's not the business model for this guy, is it?

"For television purists, the sky is falling. The days of viewer parties are fading, as watching TV becomes even more personal, thanks to Netflix and its individually tailored recommendations based on browser history. Gone are the glory days of television spectacles, when tens of millions of people would tune in to see the American Idol winner crowned - even reality TV is transitioning to an online presence. What television is will soon cease to exist."

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"The television viewer has more power today than ever before. But is that smart, from a producer's point of view? Shouldn't he or she be worried about giving unlimited choice to the people? We've seen how this user-driven, consumerist approach has transformed the music industry into a shell of its former self."

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You mean how I can get a wider range of innovative music that I actually like, just by trawling around SoundCloud and BandCamp, or finding a podcast from someone who actually knows something about music, rather than hearing the same 40 songs looped all day long on Clear Channel radio station? Perish the thought!

"Re[f]raining from Netflix binging is healthier psychologically, more fun socially, more satisfying structurally, and more profitable as a whole economically. The greed for more products - enough to binge on - is devastating the television landscape; we're killing our golden goose."

Refraining from "travel binging" is healthier psychologically, more fun socially, more satisfying structurally (if you're interested in shoveling horseshiat), and more profitable (at least for me) economically. The greed for more and faster variations on horseless carriages - enough to drive across a whole state at 30 miles an hour or faster - is devastating the buggy-whip manufacturing landscape; we're killing our golden goose, said no investor ever.
 
2013-06-13 11:53:18 AM

ddam: spman: Ala Carte cable won't work, the channels you don't want are necessary to subsidize the cost of the ones you do want.

Actually the ones that people watch the most subsidize the ones that most people don't watch. Let's look at Viacom: people might pay for 1 MTV but not 6. They might pay for 1 VH1 but not 4. There are 7 different Nickelodeon channels. 4 different CMT channels. 4 different BET channels.

Right now cable companies have to buy either all channels a distributor offers or none and Viacom can say: DirecTV doesn't want to agree to our fee increase and you're losing Comedy Central and MTV. What they don't say is that DirecTV would pay the $5 per month per user for those 2 channels but they don't want to pay $20 per user per month per user for all the channels Viacom is selling as a package.


I don't know which cable company you have, but all of those subchannels are on a separate tier in my package.  I get MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and CMT but none of the subchannels.  Now, if I want to get MTV2, then I have to get MTV Hits and MTV Jams, too.  The same goes with Nick/NickToons/TeenNick, VH1 Classic/VH1 Soul, and Disney Junior/Disney XD, but I don't have to get any of those channels in order to get the primary channel.

You are right that the big channels can be bundled: Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel (Scripps), Disney, ABC Family, and ESPN (Disney), MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and Spike (Viacom), TBS, TNT, and Cartoon Network (Time Warner).  But the subchannels are usually tiered.  Hell, even ESPN, the network with more clout than any other, hasn't been able to get cable operators to carry ESPNU or ESPNews on the basic tier.
 
2013-06-13 12:05:36 PM
I cancelled cable over a year ago.  Digital Antenna for local shows works fine.  Netlfix for kids cartoons; my wife and I have watched three of four seasons of Enterprise and are currently in season five of Law and Order Criminal Intent, and I'm sure we will move on to another TV show from the recent past we've never seen.  Also have an amazon acount on the PS3 for new episodes of Mad Men and Elementary. If we want to rent a new release movie Amazon works great for that too.  (I know redbox may be cheaper but no chance of late fees piling up and no driving).  I can't imagine a situation where I'll need cable again.  Although, I do wish that the NFL package was available through another service besides DirectTV.
 
2013-06-13 12:05:42 PM

mechgreg: Hugh2d2: Cut mine 4 months ago. With a Roku, Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon and an OTA antenna and we're saving $125 a month.

I wonder how many people have to make the switch before the system can't sustain itself. I mean the reason you can get your content so cheap on netflix/hulu//amazon or whatever is because it has already been paid for by people watching it on regular tv. But if no one is watching regular tv, I am not sure the 7 bucks a month people pay to netflix is enough to cover the cost required to develop shows. So like other people have said, eventually the costs for netfix or the ads on hulu have to increase or the quality of the new shows will have to decrease.


A) Number of households with cable - ~ 101 million
B) Number of cordcutters (broadband internet/no cable) - ~ 5 million
C) Number of households with cable and no broadband - ~ 22 million

So long as C is greater than B and A is greater than about 70 million or so, I don't see any need to change.  The biggest thing that has been keeping the current model going is that they've been able to maintain consistent ad revenue because ad rates have been increasing even while viewers are decreasing.  Until that stops we won't be seeing any big changes.  But if ad rates start decreasing or stagnate, that's going to cause a lot of problems.
 
2013-06-13 12:06:15 PM

omahatattoo: I'm sure A&E is still receiving money when I buy their shows on Amazon.

Do you work for a cable company?


And how the fark do you think those show make it to Amazon?

God, the intrawebbings are getting dumber and dumber.   Is there anyone above the age of 22 left out there, or has the mass consumption of energy drinks and comic book movies dumbed down the entire populace so that everyone is operating on a 22 year old level?
 
2013-06-13 12:09:28 PM
Since the cable companies own internet access, enjoy cutting cable then watching your internet fees explode.
 
2013-06-13 12:09:34 PM
buying dvds in bulk since I canned cable and started paying $8/mo for netflix and... what? 6-7 for amazon prime.

76/mo for cable.  vs $15.  Plenty to spare on dvds and digital downloads.

I miss Archer, but, I will see them all eventually.  Buy Doctor Who on prime for $2? each.

What I don't miss.  "reality" shows, sports, SyFy, History Channel nonsense, ridiculous 24 hour news channels, and all the JUNK channels.  Oh, and MTV.  Good freaking God.  When it went to commercials and had a bubbley commercial about home HIV tests ... that was it for me.

What I do miss.  Comedy Central.  If Comedy Central just sold me a subscription app, I'd own it.  May even do the same for BBCA.  $10/mo?  ok. done.
 
2013-06-13 12:12:07 PM
I've been cable free for a few months.  For the most part Netflix can fill my mindless TV watching.  Mad Men episodes I buy from Amazon Instant and I'd probably do that with a few others - Walking Dead and Breaking Bad.

The only thing I'm not sure about is football.  I'm used to having the NFL Redzone package and NFL network all week.  I'm not sure if fantasy football would be much fun for me without obsessing about it all week.  That's the only thing I could see driving me back to cable.
 
2013-06-13 12:13:33 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Since the cable companies own internet access, enjoy cutting cable then watching your internet fees explode.


At&t charges 25 bucks a month for their lowest internet package.  We've never ran over and it is as fast as it was with comcast.  My last cable bill was over 150 bucks, so I enjoyed cutting cable.
 
2013-06-13 12:17:38 PM
With the growing trend of exclusives going to one streaming provider or another, we're going to have to end up subscribing to Netflix, Amazon, Redbox, Hulu and probably a couple of others(HBO and ESPN will probably offer streaming only packages in the coming years at least) just to get all the content we want, some of them we'll be subscribing to just for a show or two. I could even see Comcast and Time Warner grabbing exclusives and offering pared down versions of their current streaming stuff(mostly their on demand streaming) to non-TV subscribers for a rate more in line with Netflix and all the rest. The result will be paying the same or more as cable TV, but just the format changed.
 
2013-06-13 12:18:01 PM

WarshCloth: The only thing I'm not sure about is football. I'm used to having the NFL Redzone package and NFL network all week. I'm not sure if fantasy football would be much fun for me without obsessing about it all week. That's the only thing I could see driving me back to cable.


NFL has an exclusive deal with Sony on their Playstation that you can stream live and previous weeks games this year
 
2013-06-13 12:19:10 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Since the cable companies own internet access, enjoy cutting cable then watching your internet fees explode.


This. They. Will. Get. Their. Money.

And Netflix is about three years away from being DOA.  Most channels are moving toward their own streaming apps to share their product (HBOGo, Starz Play, etc.) and eliminating the middleman.
 
2013-06-13 12:23:12 PM

InmanRoshi: omahatattoo: I'm sure A&E is still receiving money when I buy their shows on Amazon.

Do you work for a cable company?

And how the fark do you think those show make it to Amazon?

God, the intrawebbings are getting dumber and dumber.   Is there anyone above the age of 22 left out there, or has the mass consumption of energy drinks and comic book movies dumbed down the entire populace so that everyone is operating on a 22 year old level?


Well the initial cost of a show probably comes from the assets of the company(A&E), investors, or the parent company.  The show is made and because of profit from viewers which can come from many different avenues such as DVDs, cable companies, Netflix, Amazon, they create more episodes and seasons.

I'm not a network executive though, but I'm assuming the chunk of money a basic cable channel gets from a cable company after all the other fees and costs come out isn't all that much.  Instead of paying $80 bucks a month on 100+ channels which would equate to less than a dollar for each channel or a few dollars for the major channel network all while I pay 20-30 bucks for a season of one show.  It just seems like the channel would get more out of the people that buy a season rather than subscribe to cable.
 
2013-06-13 12:38:15 PM

Montag19: TheShavingofOccam123: Since the cable companies own internet access, enjoy cutting cable then watching your internet fees explode.

At&t charges 25 bucks a month for their lowest internet package.  We've never ran over and it is as fast as it was with comcast.  My last cable bill was over 150 bucks, so I enjoyed cutting cable.


There is hope out there. I just tend to think your situation is more of an exception to the rule.
 
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