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"Al-Carte" Packages ARE out there!


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#1 OFFLINE   tedb3rd

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 02:35 PM

I don't know about DirecTV, but there's been a lot of discussion/suggestions to DishNetwork to provide more channels on an al-carte basis. Their argument is that the networks have all these contracts, etc. I'm sure it's true...

But check out what options are offered in the Canadian market via Starchoice. They have a bunch of small packages for $5 with 4-7 channels (page 2 of the pdf). I really wish that Dish or Direct offered something like this.

...Proof that it IS possible!! ...Like National Geographic for $2.49/month!!! Many of the channels are the same as offered in the US... If Direct and Dish had guts, they would go in together against the networks. Satellite is big enough business these days. I don't hear of too many people who are satisified with cable...

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 06:17 PM

Possible, but not in this country on a mass scale. E* and D* have bulk pricing packages that are available to commercial accounts ... those show what a la cart could really be like in the US ---

Paying more for less channels and only getting discount for buying AT level packages


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#3 OFFLINE   FTA Michael

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 07:55 AM

Yes, the Canadian system is very different, and it works. But it's the result of different cultural and political attitudes toward TV.

If you're playing Sim USA TV, you could click around to change contracts and write new laws and set up the same system in the US. (I've got to get around to writing a game like that some day.) But in the real US, there's no groundswell of public outrage at not having a la carte, and there are more businesses interested in keeping the status quo than in changing it.
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#4 OFFLINE   Steve Mehs

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 06:10 PM

Canadian DBS and Cable systems have had the theme based packaging and a la carte for years, hopefully it NEVER makes it's way to the US and fortunately it looks like it never will. Back in the day Dish Network offered an a la carte package unsuccessfully. Dish Pix was a package, pick any 10 channels (with some limitations) for $15/month and additional channels for $1.50/month. For $5 more you could get AT40 with 4 times the number of channels A la carte just doesn’t make sense, package pricing seemed to work well for over 20 years.

I don't hear of too many people who are satisified with cable...


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Posted 15 July 2007 - 06:07 AM

...Proof that it IS possible!! ...Like National Geographic for $2.49/month!!! Many of the channels are the same as offered in the US... If Direct and Dish had guts, they would go in together against the networks. Satellite is big enough business these days. I don't hear of too many people who are satisified with cable...


What a ripoff! 100 channels would cost $249/month! Keep this north of the border, please.




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