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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by CallMeCoach, Jan 29, 2013.
Sorry. New guy here.
I care. I want choices and I don't want a TV universe full of just Honey Boo Boo, Real Housewives, reruns of Law and Order and the major networks. It's been explained ad nauseum, you'd pay the same or more for far fewer choices, choices that would be restricted to mass appeal, lowest common denominator programming.
Who wants that?
More channels, more choices. If you cannot see that, not sure what you see at all.
OK. I won't argue it any further. Obviously it would result in four stations running Honey Boo Boo 24/7.
There's a reason why History moved the lower rated history shows to H2, why MTV, VH1 and CMT moved the music to MTV Hits, MTV Jams, VH1 Soul and CMT Pure Country, why the niche programming airs on Science, ID, Military, Destination America and Discovery Fit and Health instead of Discovery, why they put shows like Degrassi on TeenNick instead of Nickelodeon, why Portlandia airs on IFC and they started moving more of the independent films to Sundance. They already do it to try to get the most viewers, if in addition to that they now have to fight to even get in homes they're not going to reverse the trend.
It won't, it just will result in only Discovery with Shark Week and TLC with Honey Boo Boo remaining and no Science, ID, Military, Destination America or Fit and Health.
The same shows would not be on.
Of course the bundle works for the programmers and distributors. They make more money this way so they are going to try to maintain this model.
My free market comment was intended to mean that IF we had a la carte that the TV industry wouldn't die off. LOL. There would still be a lot of money to be made and people would figure out how to do it. Where there is demand there will be supply, even in an a la carte world.
But I think we all agree that the people making money off the current system don't want it changed and they will spread FUD in order to maintain the status quo.
So. You want businesses to NOT make money?
If a la carte worked for everyone, then someone would be doing it. No one is. No one.
If businesses cannot make money on a la carte, it won't happen.
And who is spreading FUD? From my view, a la carte proponents are. They are spreading myth.
Again. Canada has sort of a la carte. Had to be forced on them by government edict. The opposite of a free market.
What's the record for most posts on the first day on the board?
Not sure, but it's probably VOS
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Businesses will make money. Might not be the same businesses that make the money today, but people/companies will figure it out even if we have a la carte.
And I'm not saying it will happen. The programmers don't want it, there's no incentive for it to change. All I am saying is that IF it were to change money would still be made and content would still be produced and people would still have jobs and people would still watch TV.
Al a carte pricing would be like airline deregulation...a case of be careful what you wish for.
When I was in my 20's and had a job that required me to fly all around the world, every airline seat came with a hot meal, a courteous flight attendant, free baggage check, and 26" of leg room. Sure, fares were high.
Then we had deregulation. Now you have to pay for peanuts and cookies (you can't get a hot meal if you want one on many flights), the crews are over worked and short tempered, you have to pay to check a bag, you get 18" of leg room (unless you pay extra), and fares are slightly lower. Oh, and we went from over 20 airlines to 5, with far less competition at most airports, and some airports losing scheduled service completely.
If you want to the same thing to TV, go ahead and push for al a carte.
Now that's a trip down memory lane. Almost can recall the transponder and channel #'s. :lol:
Are we ever going to see these bills where the prices and fees change monthly?
Tomorrow he says...tomorrow. Or the next day. Those account statements on the DirecTV website take ages to track down.
I have to agree with you on this. I can't wait to see these Account statements.:lol:
I know I can pull mine up in a few seconds.
Yeah, looking forward to it. Prices don't just randomly change. Now, there are promotional programs that customers sign up for where credits are involved and eventually the credits go away. HD Extra Pack for example, or sometimes a Premium or sign up for Auto Bill Pay. The prices aren't changing, it's the credit going away after a short term offer that the customer willingly accepts.
I do look forward to it, however. Maybe I'm missing something and will give him the benefit of the doubt, but a lot in this thread makes my head hurt. Most people simply don't understand the issues at hand and what it would mean for a la carte, etc. This isn't making widgets and it's not picking songs off an album that costs about $100K to make. Just a totally different world, totally different economics but folks want to force one economic model from a totally different industry onto another.