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jstuckle
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4/29/2016 | 1:20:32 PM
Re: It's about time
Ah, how I wish we could do the same.  But we like sports, baseball in particular.  MLB games are blacked out on the internet in the home area, which means here in D.C. we can only watch those Nationals and Orioles games shown on broadcast TV - which amounts to about a half dozen a year.  We also watch a lot of Capitals and Wizards games, and although I could be wrong, I don't think all of those are available on the internet, either - and definitely not on local broadcast TV.

So to get what we want, we have two choices - cable or satellite.  And neither is very attractive.  But if there were a way to get rid of cable and still watch our favorite teams, you can be sure we'd do it.
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4/29/2016 | 10:30:48 AM
Re: It's about time
The failure of cable companies is my area to unbundle channels and force the rental of a box, make me decide to cut the cable years ago. Now, it's so simple to use a Roku and get nearly all my needs from free channels. Of course I still need to factor in the cost of my internet connection but I've saved thousands over the last few years in monthly fees and I suspect there's many more that are going that direction in coming years.
jstuckle
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4/23/2016 | 12:13:45 PM
It's about time

Mari, I think you miss the real reason cable providers are against this idea.  STB's are a great income to them.  Our Verizon FIOS boxes cost about $10/mo. for a box that should retail for less than $100.  That's paid for in just a year.  And the $200 DVRs are $20/mo.  After a year, it's all profit - other than the cost of the ink (and maybe an extra sheet of paper) to print the bill each month (even printed bills are going away in favor of electronic billing).  Don't kid yourself - the RMR is a tremendous profit center for the cable companies.  Plus, we need 4 cable boxes - one for each TV - for my wife and I, even though we can only watch at most two at one time.


This is no different than the phone companies back in the early 190's and before, when you had to rent your phone and pay for each extension in your house.  The Ma Bell monopoly was broken up, and now we have a much greater selection of phones and features than ever before (agreed, some of that is due to technology advances - but it's also due to competition).

It's time for the cable companies to join the 21st century and allow compeition.
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4/19/2016 | 4:44:21 PM
Re: One consumer's example
Mari - Isn't the "content that you've paid for" really just viewing rights limited by the contracts that the service provider has struck with the studios or networks? As Cisco's Ken Morse said in that 2011 interview with Jeff B, the difference between managed and unmanaged endpoint diminishes by the year, but for the time being content providers - esp premium tier - guard their brand and negotiate that concern into those deals. When the new app or third-party box acts up, who does the network - or consumer, for that matter - call for repair?
KBode
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4/19/2016 | 4:18:23 PM
Re: One consumer's example
I tend to feel the same way about the set top box effort by the FCC. Seems like given that traditional QAM cable over coaxial will die ultimately anyway, so the FCC should focus its regulatory attention on broadband competition. 

HOWEVER, I do find the cable industry's hystrionics about how "big tech" and Google are "stealing their content" and hurting diversity hysterical. These companies do realize they're the least liked in the COUNTRY and that people don't believe these arguments in defense of a $21 billion captive market, right?
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4/19/2016 | 2:13:18 PM
Re: One consumer's example
"In the long term, we shall all be dead".  A lot of people will be on MPVD platforms for a very long time.  Particularly elderly, rural and less educated people. 
jbtombes
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4/19/2016 | 12:51:57 PM
Re: One consumer's example
Long-term, it goes away. That's also what one Cisco tech exec said in 2011 - four years before selling off that business unit to Technicolor. http://www.lightreading.com/cisco-set-tops-are-going-away/v/d-id/704441
Mitch Wagner
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4/18/2016 | 11:50:20 PM
Re: One consumer's example
msilbey - OK, you sold me. Sounds like a good deal!
Mitch Wagner
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4/18/2016 | 11:47:49 PM
Re: One consumer's example
Thanks for the tip about OTA TV. I need to look into options for recording it. And cable is just so darn convenient..... 
steve q
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4/18/2016 | 9:45:34 PM
Re: One consumer's example
Hi will you see verizon be in this move, will there new idea of g90 be there answer. But after winning the hearts of Boston they are pushing out of the fois and putting in there new mobile services. Verizon stop provide a app for the Samsung and Xbox 360 yhat could have push new ides.
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