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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    The companies that own the channels will never go for it.
    No kidding, the Big 10 Network would take a huge hit. Especially since it's one of the most expensive channels out there.



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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    Maybe if theRe weren't so many ****** channels out there it wouldn't be a big deal. I would love to drop cable, but the wife would never go for it. She watches too much crap on crappy stations


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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    Quote Originally Posted by erikbj View Post
    Not sure how this will play out, could have a bad long term trickle down effect

    Disney, for instance, charges TV distributors about $5 for every subscriber that gets ESPN. And, by some estimates, only about 25 percent of cable customers actually watch ESPN on a regular basis. So if you unbundled ESPN, the per-subscriber cost might shoot up to $20 or more, to account for the 75 percent drop in its customer base.


    If people don't want to pay $20+ for ESPN, it could result in a huge decrease in revenue and ESPN/FOX defaulting on these megadeals they gave the Big 12, and the other conferences.
    Maybe it needs to happen. The draconian bundling of channels and the ever-increasing cost of cable is already pushing people to streaming services - which cuts networks much further out of the loop than a la cart channel offerings would.



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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan94 View Post
    No kidding, the Big 10 Network would take a huge hit. Especially since it's one of the most expensive channels out there.
    It's the example of a type of channel that should be a la carte and unlike Disney or Viacom they don't have other channels with broader appeal. I doubt this model is going to become the norm, but I would love if BTN ends up being a la carte per subscriber and the Big Ten is stuck with their crappy Rutgers/Maryland add.



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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    Everybody wants to do this, CES will be full of it. I dont see it taking off just yet. Too many politics.



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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    Quote Originally Posted by CysRage View Post
    In addition, read the bottom of the article, the prices could actually be more expensive for somebody who watches more cable than the average user since costs would raise for some channels in an ala carte model. Don't get me wrong I would love for this to happen but it could and probably be very watered down.
    So people who watch a lot of channels would pay more, and those who only watch a few would pay less?

    sounds terrible



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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    I don't doubt channels will have to charge a premium for this al-a-cart option, such as Disney having to charge more than $5 for ESPN. However, what makes or breaks this option is if the increases are such that this equation holds true:

    Increased final cost of al-a-cart channels you actually want < Current cost of cable subscription with a bunch of channels you don't want

    I know this is a slightly differnt model for everyone, but if this can hold true, I can see it being successfull. It is mostly just a manner of how much premium the channels are going to need to be offered al-a-cart.



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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    Maybe it would force channels to put on quality programs more than just a few nights aweek.


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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    Quote Originally Posted by Triggermv View Post
    I don't doubt channels will have to charge a premium for this al-a-cart option, such as Disney having to charge more than $5 for ESPN. However, what makes or breaks this option is if the increases are such that this equation holds true:

    Increased final cost of al-a-cart channels you actually want < Current cost of cable subscription with a bunch of channels you don't want

    I know this is a slightly differnt model for everyone, but if this can hold true, I can see it being successfull. It is mostly just a manner of how much premium the channels are going to need to be offered al-a-cart.
    Where I live I'll always get 15-20 over the air HD channels for free. I'd prefer just adding ESPN and HBO to that than a cable package unless the full cable package wass only 10% more than just ESPN/HBO. The fact that people in big cities get all these free HD channels already is somehow a big secret, even to people living there.



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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    I'd like to see this happen, but as others have said, it seems unlikely. There are about 75-100 cable channels that need to die.



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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    Instead of looking at it as 25% of the people would have to pay more to watch ESPN, look at the 75% of people who are paying for ESPN who dont watch it..



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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    I'd be willing to bet Intel loses a loooooot of money on this if true.
    That's my thoughts too.


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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    Also I will throw this in here.. I have been wanting to vent about it..

    It seems like ESPN is getting smart to "us people" who dropped cable over the last couple of years. In the Omaha/Council Bluffs area ESPN3 was the bomb! could literally catch any basketball game/football game needed. Well I was looking threw football/basketball games this weekend on my Xbox and couldnt watch ANY LIVE Content on it! It was requiring a cox user login and password.

    So I called cox, who is also my internet provider, and they said that I would have to get there basic cable subscription to now be able to watch any LIVE content on ESPN3/watchespn.

    And low and behold Janurary 1st. Used to be Football on every OTA channel and ALL day long. ONE football game on the OTA.

    ok I feel better. But I really really hate ESPN/Disney!



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    Re: Intel to offer a-la-carte TV channel subscriptions

    I heard the Big Ten Is leading the fight against.



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