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mendyk
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mendyk,
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7/31/2015 | 3:48:14 PM
Re: Jeebus
I'm guessing that most people are resigned to STB rental fees as being part of the overall cost of the service. And I agree that most video subscribers simply have no interest in buying their own boxes. I'd put that in the Life's Too Short column.
Mitch Wagner
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7/31/2015 | 3:41:28 PM
Re: Jeebus
After this long trying to introduce choice into the set-top box market, maybe consumers just aren't interested. The cable companies make a compelling case here. In a world where you can buy a cheap OTT video device on a USB stick from Amazon or Google, how can we be said to lack choice in video options?
cnwedit
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7/31/2015 | 2:23:31 PM
Re: Jeebus
l am paying $20 a month (well, $19.90) to rent two wireless receivers as part of AT&T's U-verse service. It was the one charge they didn't inform me of upfront, and it makes me angry every month. 

I was also ticked at Spirit the first time I chose their "cheap" airfare and found out they charge extra for carrying my purse on the plane. The difference is, I'll never fly Spirit again, while I can't get away from the STB charges on payTV.

I suspect when more of us have cut the cord, the cable industry will find a way to compete ore effectively by eliminating those charges, but until that happens, we're stuck. 
thebulk
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7/31/2015 | 2:14:03 PM
Re: Jeebus
@Sterling, I have learned its best to now ask law makers what they think. No matter what side they are on. Thinking seems to be a bad thing.
Sterling Perrin
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Sterling Perrin,
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7/31/2015 | 1:59:08 PM
Re: Jeebus
I wonder what the senators think of Spirit Airlines? 

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thebulk,
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7/31/2015 | 1:52:39 PM
Re: Jeebus
@mendyk, though I am 100% for freedom of speech I would back a bill like that in a second. Hell, I would support an all out ban. 
thebulk
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7/31/2015 | 1:51:21 PM
Hate the box
Even when I worked for a cable company and got the service and box for basically nothing I still had several Rokus around the house that I used more than that STB unless it was for a HD PPV at the time. I agree the idea to rent the box is pretty bad and they are limited in selection, but since they all pretty much offer the same featuers I don't see the limited choice as an issue. I doubt the cable companies are going to subsidise the boxes like mobile networks do with  phones. 
mendyk
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mendyk,
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7/31/2015 | 1:47:18 PM
Jeebus
Among all the egregious developments occurring in what is rapidly becoming a fee-based economy, rental charges for set-top boxes have to be near or at the bottom of the list. Maybe Sens. Blumenthal and Markey should turn their attention to something more serious, like proposing legislation that limits the number of hours per week that a Kardashian is allowed to appear on a cable network.


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