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So Tired Of The Price Game!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by CallMeCoach, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Jan 29, 2013 #41 of 202
    PCampbell

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    I would love to use OTA only but that would mean NO Red Wings, NO Tigers and NO Pistons only the Lions. Back when I was a kid I could watch all sports for free.
     
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    Hoosier205

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    All of that content exists and thrives because of the revenue created by retrans agreements with traditional providers. The scope of what we have narrows substantially without structure. A network like Comedy Central can exist because they know they have agreements with a certain number of providers that have a consistent number of subscribers in particular programming package levels and that generates a stable amount of revenue for them to base their business decisions on. A la carte throws that all out the window.
     
  3. Jan 29, 2013 #43 of 202
    CallMeCoach

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    They are moving in that direction and I'm sure that's on the horizon. They have so much to offer it's probably not an immediate need because they have 10% of the population paying for their service as it is without original programming.


    They have the cash to do so, and I'm sure it will happen soon.
     
  4. Jan 29, 2013 #44 of 202
    dpeters11

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    Back in the old days (which really isn't that long ago), you could tune to a channel, get the audio, but the video was all scrambled.

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ltdo556Y6h1r1x71p.jpg

    The Disney channel used to be that way, unless it was a free preview weekend.

    The descrambler brought the right video back.
     
  5. Jan 29, 2013 #45 of 202
    Hoosier205

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    Yet you expect them to take on large cost increases without an equal rate increase. Haha....oh my.
     
  6. Jan 29, 2013 #46 of 202
    PCampbell

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    Go with netflix then but if everyone dose that the price will go way up. If you think the Disney Co and others is going to give up billons a year you are crazy.
     
  7. Jan 29, 2013 #47 of 202
    Hoosier205

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    +1
     
  8. Jan 29, 2013 #48 of 202
    CallMeCoach

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    Who said they weren't going to increase the price? And they have the cash on hand to start it - the price could come later.


    Come on man, read between the lines!


    A la carte is coming. Whether you like it or not. And it's already started by people like the writer of the article. This thread has basically talked me into it. I don't know why I haven't done it sooner.
     
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    CallMeCoach

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    How was it legal to do so?
     
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    Thanks for that outstanding link. That was a trip down memory lane.
     
  11. Jan 29, 2013 #51 of 202
    PCampbell

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    Gated sync is no longer in use, to easy to get around.
     
  12. Jan 29, 2013 #52 of 202
    CallMeCoach

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    But Blount said he legally descrambled channels back in the day. How was it legal if you obviously weren't paying for the channel?
     
  13. Jan 29, 2013 #53 of 202
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    By paying a service provider like NPS to authorize your descrambler. This is different than the scrambled channels on cable, this was directly via C-Band and they used a different method to scramble channels called Videocipher and Digicipher.
     
  14. Jan 29, 2013 #54 of 202
    Justin23

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    A la carte may be coming...but not in the form you would like.

    The "=" at the end of the equation is the content providers need to make their money.

    Which means you would pay more for less channels than you have now.

    The example earlier with ESPN being $4 to providers so a la carte would be only $5.50 cost to the subscriber? Not even close...
     
  15. Jan 29, 2013 #55 of 202
    spartanstew

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    A la carte is quite different than locals via OTA and a Netflix account (which is what the article is about). "Cutting the cord" has been around for a long time and several members here have done it. But you can't get TNT, ESPN, USA, etc., etc. via OTA.
     
  16. Jan 29, 2013 #56 of 202
    Hoosier205

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    ...your original complaint. A service like Netflix will be hampered by the same costs if the burden shifts to them.

    That isn't a la carte.
     
  17. Jan 29, 2013 #57 of 202
    CallMeCoach

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    I know it's not a la carte, but like the writer people are leaving because they can't justify the cost of all of those channels when they barely watched any of them.
     
  18. Jan 29, 2013 #58 of 202
    CallMeCoach

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    Wasn't using those numbers as gospel, was just throwing them out there.



    Oh, by the way:

    ESPN average cost: $5.13

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business...is-a-huge-rip-off-so-how-do-we-fix-it/265814/


    Of course that would go up if everything was a la carte. But that's not the point. If even 1 company offered that it would be way cheaper for someone like me who only watches a handful of channels.
     
  19. Jan 29, 2013 #59 of 202
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    And like usual many people posting in this thread seem to have ZERO knowledge of how the free market and capitalism works. :rolleyes:
     
  20. Jan 29, 2013 #60 of 202
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    I actually originally linked to the actual page that was on, then realized that it started talking about some of the other things that were scrambled...
     

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