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SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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11/28/2014 | 9:13:08 AM
Re: Media frenzy
"Yeah, I agree again. Consumers keep complaining about price and some of the worst customer service in the industry, yet they keep paying for it. I think many of them may want to read more books. Seems to be a belief you simply can't live without television, which obviously is no longer true in the Internet age...(live sports being perhaps the biggest issue cordcutters face)."

If consumers' wishes aren't fulfilled then obviously they will be moving to different channel providers. Its a sad, but predictable day for Aereo.
nasimson
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nasimson,
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11/26/2014 | 10:32:18 AM
sad day for broadcast industry
Its a sad day for TV broadcast industry. Its a sector that has not seen any real innovation for last so many years. High tariffs, poor customer service, rigid payment models, oligopolistic industry structure, artificial legal barriers .. its a sector bound to be disrupted by internet. Sooner or later. It could not be Aero. It would be some other company.
KBode
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KBode,
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11/24/2014 | 9:21:21 AM
Re: Media frenzy
Yeah, I agree again. Consumers keep complaining about price and some of the worst customer service in the industry, yet they keep paying for it. I think many of them may want to read more books. Seems to be a belief you simply can't live without television, which obviously is no longer true in the Internet age...(live sports being perhaps the biggest issue cordcutters face).
mendyk
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mendyk,
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11/24/2014 | 9:15:16 AM
Re: Media frenzy
Yes -- there's more than enough blame to go around, including with customers who've put up with unnecessary price inflation for years. Heavy Reading has surveyed U.S. video service subscribers a number of times, and we found that as much as customers resent the way they are treated by video service providers, they were more than likely to continue in what seems to be an abusive relationship. Partly that has to do with lack of options, which is slowly changing now. But there's also a kind of apathy -- most people just want to watch TV and not spend any time creating their own video packages.
KBode
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KBode,
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11/24/2014 | 8:53:17 AM
Re: Media frenzy
Absolutely true about broadcasters. Though cable operators are no saints here -- they too are burying all manner of fees below the line, and consistently raise rates as well for DVR rentals and other services (like paying your bill in person). Together broadcasters and cable operators are contributing to soaring bills, even if programming costs (sports in particular) carry the brunt of the blame.
mendyk
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mendyk,
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11/24/2014 | 8:34:46 AM
Re: Media frenzy
Video service providers have been taking almost all the blame for price hikes, which is more than understandable given their past behavior. But over the past five years or so, the real culprits have been the content conglomerates (including the broadcast networks), which keep raising their license fees. The situation has devolved to something not unlike the relationship between drug dealers and their clientele -- killing off the customer will be bad for business.
KBode
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KBode,
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11/23/2014 | 2:01:41 PM
Re: Media frenzy
I think that "championing" was for somebody, somewhere to break up the logjam that is the traditional, very expensive (and getting more expensive by the year) traditional cable bundle. 2015's going to be interesting on that front as we're finally going to see a flood of more flexible OTT offerings from Dish, Verizon, Sony, and others...
mendyk
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mendyk,
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11/21/2014 | 3:18:48 PM
Media frenzy
It's ironic (if in fact it's true) that the media was championing Aereo, since Aereo's model was based on unauthorized repackaging of content from media companies.
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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11/21/2014 | 2:50:46 PM
Debate
Did Aereo open debate, or was it simply riding consumer demand? 

And given that the cable companies and courts squashed it flat, I wonder whether we can say Aereo has any legacy at all. And that's unfortunate. I was rooting for them to win. It seemed like a great service. 


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