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Michelle
Michelle
4/13/2016 2:06:26 PM
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Watching, watching, watching
This is a really interesting development. Amazon and Roku offer add-on subscriptions to cable channels and now Sling expands its offering. The future is streaming, just like we've been saying all along...

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
4/13/2016 10:36:59 PM
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Race to the cheapest
Two prices are tumbling very fast:

1. The price of attributing viewing of one channel to a particular screen in a particular place and time, and

2. The price of just letting everyone access everything all the time.

Number one is of course micrometering; eventually the nets will be able to track exactly how much of every bit of programming was watched for exactly how long, and theoretically their suppliers could force them to report it and then bill them for it. (What should the price of 8.2 seconds of a 22-year-old SNL rerun in Duluth at 8:27 be?)

Number two is of course "too cheap to meter".

Those two falling prices are on a collision course at the bottom.  I can imagne the solution being something like European library or photocopy fees, where fee money is divided proportionately to use, but first of all it's hard to imagine the US tolerating a regulated enough market to make that practical, and secondly, it invites cheating (leaving all the screens in the house turned on to your favorite religious or political shows all day while you are at work).

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afwriter
afwriter
4/13/2016 10:56:15 PM
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A la Carte
I love that these a la carte options are popping up.  I was griping 5 years ago about how the traditional cable system is washed up and we need something like this.  I am about to be done with a deal with DirectTV and I will be cutting the cable, but possible picking up Sling as well.

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faryl
faryl
4/13/2016 11:06:13 PM
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Re: Watching, watching, watching
I also love it when an "app" for a new channel shows up on my Apple TV - there seems to be more and more options every few months!

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faryl
faryl
4/13/2016 11:09:28 PM
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Re: A la Carte
@afwriter I'm with you on that! I've been a cord-cutter for over 5 years now, but almost let my love of BBC shows push me into signing up for a cable service (I really wanted to see the Doctor Who anniversary special when it was being simulcast worldwide!).

The package I would have needed to sign up for just to get BBC America was so bloated, I just could not bring myself to do it!

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faryl
faryl
4/13/2016 11:15:14 PM
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Re: Race to the cheapest
@JohnBarnes Or they might find new ways to continue getting people's money... AT&T just sent notification to its U-verse members that it is going to start metering and limiting the amount of data used monthly by its customers (and I believe charging a fee related to the metering).


I forget what the exact data limits are, but they're set similar to cell phone plans - where you are charged each additional gb over a certain amount, unless you pay to upgrade your plan to allow more gbs.

Customers who are signed up for UVerse or DirectTV, however, get unlimited data plans.

They're trying to limit people streaming content using any services other than their own. (insert frowny face here)

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
4/13/2016 11:18:39 PM
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Re: Race to the cheapest
In the long run it won't work; there are too few entry barriers and the cost of the tech keeps tumbling. They can stand in the doorway and make a nuisance of themselves but the mass of humanity is moving to very high volume very low cost access to information of all kinds, and ultimately those who do not ride that wave will roll under it.

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Michelle
Michelle
4/13/2016 11:45:08 PM
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Re: A la Carte
@afwriter I haven't been a cable subscriber in over 10 years. Amazon streaming and Netflix now have plenty of good content. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
4/14/2016 8:33:43 AM
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Re: Race to the cheapest
I've actually seen a few services that only allow so much data. And you're exactly right, if we won't pay for cable they are going to make us pay for data. When I saw internet packages saying I could only use so much data, if I switched to them, I had absolutely no idea what to think. We haven't have cable in almost two years, everything we watch is streamed, I have no idea how much data that would possibly amount to. Especially since when we are home we switch our phones to WiFi. 

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
4/14/2016 10:20:05 AM
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Re: Race to the cheapest
We've gone back and forth on Netflix and Amazon, and now we have both. We mostly use Netflix. We also have Apple TV, but mainly because we can watch our kids' recorded sporting events on a big screen. We keep saying we'll check out the video content, but never seem to. And now, throuhg TiVo, we have HBO Go, which is odd because we don't have HBO from our cable provider. Most days, I would rather read...

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