A LaCarte Programming

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Kendick, Feb 10, 2006.

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  1. IowaStateFan

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    Hey Bear, you've been paying pretty close attention :) . Yeah, that's about all I watch. I could even give up the networks except for the sports programming. I did watch one episode of American Idol about a month ago, but only 'cause my kids and I were surfing thru the channels and they thought it looked cool. Besides that, I can't remember the last network show I watched. Maybe that's why I'm okay with a la carte. I don't find a whole lot that on my 100+ channels that interests me, and yes I do have a budget. Could I afford to spend $100+ on television? Yeah, I could but it just doesn't seem worth it to me. I've got other things to spend my $s and my time on.

    The point I was trying to make on the budget thing is that we've all been spending whatever we're comfortable with on television. I really don't believe that very many people would actually reduce their spending if they had an a la carte option. I think they'd just choose different channels than they get now for the same $s. Of course, some would, but I think that those lost $s would be made up with new people coming into the pay tv market. That's purely speculation on my part, so please don't try to ask me to prove it. It's just that I don't think all the gloom and doom that the status quo supporters are predicting would take place. Many people are happy with the current packages. If a la carte comes to pass, I hope it doesn't eliminate packages. If I believed that would happen, I'd be against a la carte too. I agree that for most people packages add value. Even in my C-Band days I had a package because I didn't want to be bothered trying to decide which channels I wanted. The few extra $s didn't matter that much and occasionally I watched one of those "freebies" that I wouldn't have ordered a la carte.
     
  2. Opynion

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    It would not be okay with me, but I would still support a la cart :)
     
  3. the_bear

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    It boils down to how much do you have to pay people to watch watered downed content. There are many “History of National Parks” viewers that would gladly watch “Law & Order” reruns instead if you pay them $10 a month. Like in the restaurant buffet example listed earlier, buffet customers go straight to the shrimp and lobster. This results in restaurant buffet’s serving a lot more shrimp and lobster than their a la carte counter parts.
     
  4. Stewart Vernon

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    Hate to do this... but at least one person in this thread isn't being consistent... he'll know who he is.

    Doesn't want to pay for what he doesn't watch... only watches a couple of channels... BUT wants Dish to give him free stuff (like HBO/MAX free previews).

    This seems to be typical of lots in the American public... want something for nothing, and don't want to pay for what they ask for.

    Just saying.
     
  5. Stewart Vernon

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    I'm sorry if you feel unwelcome. I can only speak for myself, and that was never my intent.

    I was seeking to understand the apparent inconsistency between the folks who repeatedly say they only want to pay for what they watch, and don't want to pay for extra channels... but at the same time seem to be demanding that Dish give them free channels to watch.

    That doesn't make sense to me... demanding free stuff to watch while saying you only want to pay for what you watch.
     
  6. Slamminc11

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    Let's see, I think I have some cheese around here somewhere to go with that whine!
     
  7. Opynion

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    That's just like you said, an
    "apparent" inconsistency, nothing else.
    :rolleyes:
     
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