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albreznick
albreznick
11/28/2013 | 12:48:25 PM
Re: Cablevision
Good point on Cablevision, Mordy. RCN is also in Boston, DC, Chicago and SF, I believe. the other rthing that makes NYC unique from a cable perspective is that it's split between two MSOs--TW Cable and Cablevision. Not many other cities like that anymore. but, of course, New York IS New York.  
DOShea
DOShea
11/26/2013 | 5:15:24 PM
Re: Broadcast Surcharge?
Carol, I don't know if you have Comcast here in the Chicago area, but my bill that just came yesterday has the $1.50 broadcast fee that Mari mentioned (and as reported earlier by our message board friend Karl Bode).
MordyK
MordyK
11/26/2013 | 4:29:47 PM
Re: Cablevision
While technically public, through the share structure the Nolan family as super-voting control over the company akin to the NY Times.

An interesting aside: NY is one of the only markets where parts of the city have a choice of 2 cable franchisees as we also have RCN in select neighborhoods.
albreznick
albreznick
11/26/2013 | 4:22:19 PM
Re: Cablevision
Cablevision is actually a public company, like TW Cable and Charter. But they're not in a good position to buy anybody either. In fact, like TWC, they're often seen as a takeover target now. Their problem is that they compete head-on with Verizon FiOS in NY, hurting their bottom line as well. And they don't offer any other markets. So TWC is clearly the more appealing target right now.
albreznick
albreznick
11/26/2013 | 4:17:59 PM
Re: Broadcast Surcharge?
Pretty sneaky, eh? Does the FCC have any power to regulate these types of charges, Mari?
MordyK
MordyK
11/25/2013 | 4:01:24 PM
Cablevision
Mari, I'm amazed that Cablevision is nowhere in the mix. While I know they are a private company teh fact is that TWC is interwoven into their markets and the content issues are applicable to them just as well.
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson
11/25/2013 | 2:47:57 PM
Re: Broadcast Surcharge?
Wow, I wasn't paying attention - how widespread is this kind of surcharge?
msilbey
msilbey
11/25/2013 | 2:46:58 PM
Re: Broadcast Surcharge?
That's exactly what it's like. And it's already a trend. I don't think there's any turning back. 
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson
11/25/2013 | 2:38:56 PM
Broadcast Surcharge?
Is this like paying extra to check a bag on the airline? It's not part of their advertised price, but you get to pay it anyway. You also pay more to get a seat with leg room, a snack on the plane and, in some cases, space for a carry-on. 

I get that content costs are putting the squeeze on video providers and they want consumers to know where those costs are rising. But I hope this doesn't become a trend for broadband service providers. Consumers have a much harder time comparing prices and finding their best deal when some charges are hidden as "surcharges."

 


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