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    Where your cable bill goes

    Besides Mediacom's pocket:



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    Re: Where your cable bill goes

    It'd be soooo cool to be able to pay per channel! Even if the rates were significantly higher. I think we have around 200 channels, and only ever watch about 20-25 of them.



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    Re: Where your cable bill goes

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    It'd be soooo cool to be able to pay per channel! Even if the rates were significantly higher. I think we have around 200 channels, and only ever watch about 20-25 of them.



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    Re: Where your cable bill goes

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    It'd be soooo cool to be able to pay per channel! Even if the rates were significantly higher. I think we have around 200 channels, and only ever watch about 20-25 of them.
    Hell ya! But we all know the cable company and channels themselves will fight that to the end so they can stuff all these things into a package and make us take them. I gotta think it'll happen someday though.



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    Wow, so I look at it like this. I can get "basic" cable for like $17 per month. That consists of basically the local networks, some public access, and just a couple cable channels. I assume in that price you also cover the costs of the network, administration, and overhead that the company has. The costs beyond that are for programming.

    I pay like $60 per month for digtal cable. I watch like 20 channels. So that would be about $3 per month per channel. That would be 1500% more than the industry average per channel and would be well below every channel other than ESPN. If I could get ala carte programming, I could pay the provder 10x over what they get now and still come out ahead!

    I think cable would be wise to try to move to model like this, because without it, the rise of internet streaming and on demand programming is going to lead to people finding that traditional cable and sat packages just aren't cost effective anymore. If you don't adapt your business model, you won't stick around (see blockbuster).



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    Re: Where your cable bill goes

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    It'd be soooo cool to be able to pay per channel! Even if the rates were significantly higher. I think we have around 200 channels, and only ever watch about 20-25 of them.
    Your defiantely right that ala carte would lead to significantly higher cable bills as well as decreased programming choices.



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    Re: Where your cable bill goes

    The big problem with pay per channel is many of these cables channels require the channel to be part of a family/sports/movie channel package. The Big Ten Netowrk for example refused to let Mediacom put the channel on the sports package and required them to put it on the family cable package.



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    Re: Where your cable bill goes

    Quote Originally Posted by zarnold56 View Post
    The big problem with pay per channel is many of these cables channels require the channel to be part of a family/sports/movie channel package. The Big Ten Netowrk for example refused to let Mediacom put the channel on the sports package and required them to put it on the family cable package.
    But that's just because they'd get in more households that way, and make more money.

    If you could buy individual channels, more than likely requiring your channel be packaged with other channels would be more of a hindrance than a help



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    Re: Where your cable bill goes

    You will never see the programmers allow ala carte pricing. Simply put it will not happen. They do not want the success of their product to be based on the demand for it.


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    Re: Where your cable bill goes

    Will cable be all that relevant years down the road when higher streaming is available? Ala carte may be the only option. Watch what you want anytime.



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    Re: Where your cable bill goes

    Big Ten Network is only 36/mo


    To show them how the Cyclones cheer.

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    Re: Where your cable bill goes

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbomo View Post
    Big Ten Network is only 36/mo
    36 more than it's worth



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    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    Will cable be all that relevant years down the road when higher streaming is available? Ala carte may be the only option. Watch what you want anytime.
    Exactly, I think cable has to move this direction to avoid being pushed out by new delivery models. Look at what MP3s did to CDs? Why pay $15 for a CD when I just want one song that I can get for 99 cents? Look at the effects of Redbox and Netflix on Blockbuster. Look at the downloadable games that are now available on the Xbox, Wii, and PS3. And look at the number of shows that I can watch right direct from network websites, or from sites like Hulu, or through services like Netflix streaming or onDemand from my cable company. How about custom radio services like Pandora?

    The fact of the matter is that the all or nothing model of cable as we have known it is going to become obsolete. As we get more data bandwidth and the quality of these alternatives gets better, consumers are going to demand exactly what they want, no more and no less. Cable doesn't off this. And I think they will be forced to adapt or die. If MTV3 can't exist on its own based on the number of people that want it and the price they are willing to pay for it, than it shouldn't exist. I shouldn't be subsidizing its existance because I want to watch ESPN.



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    Re: Where your cable bill goes

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbomo View Post
    Big Ten Network is only 36/mo
    0.36 from everybody is a lot more cash than 1.00 from select package subscribers. Part of the strongarm tactics.



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    Re: Where your cable bill goes

    I can't believe how much ESPN is compared to everyone else.



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