How many channels in your package do you actually use?

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  1. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    People have been making that noise for more than a decade. All they have managed to make is noise. But every few months someone thinks that the industry will actually change and makes the noise again. "A la carte! A la carte!" I have been hearing that chant since we had 60 video channels on satellite for $30. Why can't I get just the channels I want for $20 per month?

    The availability of other delivery options has brought the industry closer to "a la carte". But the best programming remains on channels that are still sold only in packages. And as long as there is wanted programs on package only channels those channels will maintain their foothold in packages.

    Splitting sports out to its own package is a workable plan ... but only good for people who like absolutely no sports. I like NASCAR so to get the two cable channels that carry NASCAR throughout the year I would need the sports channels. And my FS1 and NBCSP would be bundled with the ESPNs and RSNs that carry content I "never watch". Someone who liked the Detroit Tigers would want their RSN and end up needing to buy the sports tier to get their RSN. The house always wins - no matter how many Don Quixotes tilt at them.

    The only way to "beat the system" is to change your viewing habits. Give up on watching your favorite shows and find new favorite shows on lesser known networks. Miss content and use cognitive dissonance (sour grapes) to convince yourself that you're not missing much.
     
  2. Brian Hanasky

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    I agree with the above that changing the package format would have growing pains (the Canada debacle) but I also believe that if enough people take action the media companies will have no choice but to adapt.
     
  3. Brian Hanasky

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    About 1/2 (depending on the package) of the channels you get.
     
  4. fleckrj

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    I came up with 33 channels that we watch regularly, and of those, 10 are only watched for live sports. If it were not for sports, we would not have DirecTV. We average four movies per year and dropped all of the premium movie channels many years ago.
     
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  5. MysteryMan

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    I subscribe to Premier, HD Extra Pack, MLB and NFL Sunday Ticket. Currently we view 32 channels on a regular basis. More during Baseball and Football season and add to that whatever movies that interest us on HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, The Movie Channel, HDNET Movies, MGM and Sony Movie Channel.
     
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  6. fleckrj

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    True, but to get those channels a la cart, if it were even possible, would end up costing more than the current package does. There is a pretty good chance that there are many unique channels in the 33 channels I watch, the 90 channels Drucifer watches, and the 27 or 62 channels you watch. Each of us is helping to subsidize channels that the other is watching, or to put it another way, each channel that we watch would cost more if it was not subsidized by all subscribers. There is no way that an a la cart option would end up being less expensive than the current plans, since each provider and DirecTV will end up making the same amount of money as they do now. The way they will do that is to charge more per channel than they do now.
     
  7. Brian Hanasky

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    Agreed. I am certainly no business expert and the complicated nature of contracts and such is above my pay grade. However I posted my question to get an idea of how many channels people watch vs what they pay for. A lot has changed in the past few years in the TV landscape and will continue to change. Although packages and such still exist the fact that Sling, Playstation Vue, Directv Now and the upcoming streaming offerings from Hulu and Google exist is a sign of change. Those streaming services cost much less than a traditional cable/satellite package and offer a much tighter grouping of channels.
     
  8. TheRatPatrol

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    KyL, why don't more providers offer sports only packages? Would this be doable?

    Give me all the sports channels + RSN + locals and I'd be happy.
     
  9. James Long

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    Making noise is not taking action. You can seek out a different provider but you won't find one with no packages and all the content.

    The choice is to either settle for less or accept the marketplace.
     
  10. CTJon

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    For us there is a difference between regularly watch and ever watch. There are channels that we maybe only watch once a month or less but when we want them it is important. Also there are variations of the same channel such as HBO east and west - depending upon when we want to watch it could be either. I have channels in my favorites that I probably almost never watch but sometimes looking at the guide I see something. I'd love to not have shopping channels (never going to happen) and no Spanish because I don't speak Spanish.
    This thread appears every year or so. I'm sure if you had truly pick only what you want I'll bet it would cost more.
     
  11. goldwing

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    If you don't count the OTA channels i get, i watch a total of 11 "cable" channels. Out of those 11 only 5 of them at least once a week, the other 6 only once in awhile. I know i am not the norm as i don't watch any movies.
     
  12. Bill Broderick

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    The problem is that the way that media companies will "adapt" will be to consolidate their more highly rated (or profitable) programming onto fewer channels and get rid of the lower rated (or profitable) programs and then charge more for those channels. People will end up paying the same amount for fewer channels and less programming to choose from.

    The way that I look at it, while I'm subsidizing channels that other people watch, those people are subsidizing programming that they don't watch, but I do. I'd rather have hundreds of channels to choose from, even if I only watch 30 of them on a regular basis. At least I have the opportunity to watch the "one-offs" that I find interesting on channels that I don't typically watch. Paying for just the channels that I watch, without that "cross-subsidizing" going on, would likely cost just as much as it does now, without the ability to watch the "one offs".
     
  13. Guesst925XTU

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    We have a large household so we watch a wide variety of channels. However, nobody ever watches the sports channels! We have 6 televisions and watch everything from NBC, FOX, Cartoon Network, FUSE, LinkTV, BBCWorld, HBO & STARZ but never any channel in the 600s or any of the sports channels in the low 200s.

    I can only imagine how much cheaper my bill would be without them!
     
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    Cover 90% of our watching. If my situation with D* ever changed I'd jump ship to Vue in a heart beat.
     
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  15. twiseguy

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    Looks like I`m at about 19 channels with a lot of viewing. I think I`m going to drop down in packages and send back a box.
     
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    Sometimes we have to do without. Which is what I'll be doing 55.00 increase can't do

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  17. Brian Hanasky

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    I had dropped down but went back up so the wife could get Logo and LMN. That required jumping 2 packages ($23 extra a month) for 2 channels. It was then that I started to look at the waste. Of course many were quick to point out that my waste was certainly not waste to them.
     
  18. James Long

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    Happy wife is worth $23 per month. Hopefully the two package jump brought back a channel or two you liked but could have lived without.
     
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  19. Brad00111

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    Couldn't agree more.

    Food for thought, are the 2 shows she likes available for purchase via iTunes or another method that she could watch and save you the $280-ish a year cost?
     
  20. Brian Hanasky

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    Yea I thought of that but it's a few shows on each channel so it wouldn't make sense to buy them. She is a big fan of older shows such as Golden Girls and Bewitched and I did buy full seasons of those shows for her on Amazon so she could have then anytime she wants.
     

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