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albreznick
albreznick
11/27/2013 | 10:57:23 PM
Re: Licensing
I think you have good reason to count on it. What I can't say, though, is whether a la carte will be all that much cheaper than today's unsightly bundles. The MSOs will lose their economies of scale for many channels. We shall see.  
Liz Greenberg
Liz Greenberg
11/27/2013 | 7:13:24 PM
Re: Licensing
I am counting on it Al...at that point my cord will be cut as well.  I don't watch anything but sports real-time anyway.  I only use about 10 channels anyway so who cares about the rest.  Or maybe by then they will realize that to support their infrastructure that they want to retain and grow customers by actually competing rather than acting like the monopoly that they believe they are (add word so sentence is grammatically correct).
albreznick
albreznick
11/27/2013 | 6:58:38 PM
Re: Licensing
Don't you worry, Liz and Carol. Chsange is gonna come, and pretty soon. As more and more younger consumers don't sign up for traditional pay TV subscriptions, the service and content providers will finally get the message and start changing their economic models. It is just about inevitable, even if they won't see or admit it just yet. The current model shall crumble.
Liz Greenberg
Liz Greenberg
11/27/2013 | 4:13:32 PM
Re: Licensing
Exatly Carol, why should non-sports fans pay for sports fans and vice-vera.  A la carte service is really the solution to the problem but it seems that cable, satellite and any other TV providers a loathe to give that choice to customers.  It seems as if they would rather people go to services like Netflix or Hulu instead.  A potential revenue losing proposition if you ask me.  The younger generation is more tied to the internet than TV so it would seem that the writing is on the wall, the only question is how long.
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson
11/27/2013 | 2:25:47 PM
Re: Licensing
Sports fans are probably not the best example because live sports drives up the cost of everything for everyone, even those who, for reasons I can't fathom, don't pay any attention to sports. 

But your point is well-taken. Even sports fans wind up paying more because they can't get just the channels they want, they have to get what the content provider wants to sell. 
Liz Greenberg
Liz Greenberg
11/27/2013 | 2:23:47 PM
Re: Licensing
You are right...if only they would value they actual consumer of the content!  Although sports fans probably don't mind getting all 16 channels of ESPN but they probably do mind that the only way to get some channels is to go through the right ISP!
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson
11/27/2013 | 2:17:19 PM
Re: Licensing
The content guys are too addicted to the money they make from the big deals with cable and IPTV players - in many respects, it's the content folks driving these megachannel lineups. You can't get ESPN without also getting their 16 other channels. 

So I put some of the blame for the current bloated systems on the greed of the content folks as well. 
bosco_pcs
bosco_pcs
11/27/2013 | 1:55:41 PM
Re: Licensing
Maybe one shouldn't broadside SV when Intel's track record in branching out is not so pristine, to put it diplomatically. Its management is great in operational excellence, but innovations and out-of-the-box thinking? Readers can be their own judge
Liz Greenberg
Liz Greenberg
11/27/2013 | 1:54:51 PM
Re: Licensing
Meanwhile we are still stuck with cable companies etc. who force us to pay for extra unwanted channels just so that we can see the few channels that we can't find on the internet.  It would be wonderful if we could only get the content providers to open their thinking and sell to Intel, Microsoft, Apple, and anybody else who wants to distribute their content!
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson
11/27/2013 | 12:23:32 PM
Re: Licensing
So Craig, you missed a great revenue opportunity. You could be advising Silicon Valley giants to stay as far away from video entertainment as possible and saving them millions in the process. 

Come to think of it, I could have done the same thing...me or anyone of several dozen folks I can name. 
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