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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
3/22/2016 12:29:50 PM
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welcome Jennifer
Welcome aboard Jennifer. Thanks for the article. 

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Writeran69258
Writeran69258
3/22/2016 12:48:22 PM
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Re: welcome Jennifer
Thanks Mike. I'm glad to be contributing.

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clrmoney
clrmoney
3/22/2016 3:37:39 PM
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Fathers Video Bundle
You have the ACA-American Cable Association having services offered I think it is a good idea to offer a service plan for the video and multichannnels which will probably be more data offered for the customers and it would be a more valuable service.

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Writeran69258
Writeran69258
3/22/2016 3:49:42 PM
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Broadband data service is definitely where the growth is for small and independent cable operators. Mediacom offers high-speed data at 105 Mbps, with plans to launch gigabit service. Other small/independent operators such as Wave Broadband and Comporium already offer gigabit service in some markets, and expect to expand those offerings.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
3/22/2016 6:58:45 PM
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What services are these smaller ISPs going to offer to fill up those fat gigabit pipes? Video can't be the only thing people use that needs that much data. 

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Writeran69258
Writeran69258
3/22/2016 7:48:41 PM
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Business data services are also very important to small/independent operators -- services to MDUs, office parks, economic development centers, connections to cloud-based service providers, security monitoring, etc. 

 

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faryl
faryl
3/23/2016 10:10:31 PM
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I wonder if, as people are recording and sharing more personal videos and photos, if the popularity of cloud-based back-up and storage will rise.

Most of my large files seem to be some sort of media-based (photos, videos, music), but I tend to prefer to store them locally because the upload/download time can get annoying.

(And everyone loves "The Cloud"!)

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faryl
faryl
3/23/2016 10:14:18 PM
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Most of the broadband providers out here (San Diego) seem to be the cable/content providers.

It's frustrating, because we don't get a choice in which cable provider we use - it's based strictly on address.

As more of the content becomes available to non-cable subscribers, it would be nice to have more options for which broadband services to use to stream it.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/24/2016 7:14:03 AM
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It is definitely very frustrating that consumers have no choice about what broadband service to use. And really, it doesn't benefit the customer. Because they don't have to worry about customer service - what are you going to do, go somewhere else? Most cable bundles, to me, have always seemed inconvenient to say the least. Almost every time there was one channel missing that I really wanted from the bundle I could afford. So I either had to go without, or choose to pay more. (I went without.) And instead, I received a hoard of infomercial channels. I did like the option I had on Dish Network, where they had smaller add-on type bundles, that allowed you to get for instance, the "Family Bundle" for an additional $8 a month, and it only included a few channels that fit into your preference - without adding another hoard of infomercial channels. 

Do you really think this will save people from just cutting the cord though? 

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Writeran69258
Writeran69258
3/24/2016 9:13:28 AM
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The skinny bundle will certainly help. There is too much good content now from over-the-top services. To stay relevant, programmers and operators will need to think about creative ways to package content. I think Kimmelman is correct that the bundle will evolve to include things like traditional video, OTT, gaming, maybe cloud storage, and new services. The speakers didn't see the industry moving to an a la carte model, saying that would be too expensive for consumers.

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Writerfo10281
Writerfo10281
3/24/2016 10:15:44 AM
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That's great! Finally, customer-friendly bundles! It sound as if they've listened to us and are redesigning based upon our needs.

This is great news for the future. You're right, it's so much more relevant to what we all want/need/use. 

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batye
batye
4/1/2016 7:09:54 AM
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@Writerfo10281 I have the same hope to see in the future better deals... but we never know...

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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/25/2016 7:23:40 AM
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It seems to make sense that an a la carte model would be more expensive for consumers. At the same time customers might be willing to pay a little more for programming they would watch in its entirety. Rather than losing out on a channel they really want, because it doesn't make sense to upgrade to a better package for one channel. Or even more bundle options in the same price range. Instead of just the one option that is the only one you can afford and you just take the channels they give you. 

 

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batye
batye
4/1/2016 7:02:04 AM
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@elizabethv  I would say you are right... but my wife is in love with crime channel and ST provider keep changing bunbles from year to year and we keep paying...... but I wanna have a happy wife :) 

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faryl
faryl
3/24/2016 12:53:54 PM
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Re: Fathers Video Bundle
Speaking as a cord-cutter, these changes definitely don't give me any incentive to change!

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jbtombes
jbtombes
3/24/2016 1:13:15 PM
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counting subs
Smart of Greenfield to look at sub counts from the programmer's POV. They do keep charging more for content. The bundle hides what a customer is willing to pay for specific channels, but should be no surprise that lower demand generally goes with higher price. (Nice to see your byline, Jennifer!) 

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Writeran69258
Writeran69258
3/25/2016 10:34:34 AM
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Thanks Jonathan.

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batye
batye
4/1/2016 6:58:55 AM
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Re: counting subs
@jbtombes  same problem we have in Canada very low demand for Canadian Content but Top prices we have to pay for it... even to watch basic news channel... 

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