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Rick Whiting
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Posted: 01 May 2019 at 12:27am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I warned people about this years ago. So did Doug Jones. Some here were adamant that a la carte programming would benefit the consumer by reducing their cost to only that which they wanted to see. Knowing the industry as well as I do, I pushed back but was met with quite a bit of resistance. Half a decade later, the a la carte method has won out but has ultimately resulted in next to zero savings and, in many cases, consumers are paying more to get the same content as if you'd subscribed to cable or satellite and just recorded what you wanted to watch and ignored the rest.


I also saw this happening years ago.
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Robin Taylor
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Posted: 01 May 2019 at 9:22am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I guess my household is unique. We don't watch sports in any capacity and cut the cord a decade ago. The few times we do watch broadcast tv (once or twice a year) we use a digital antenna to capture it OTA. We have netflix and Amazon Prime but I rarely watch Prime video (prime is also reduced because I have student discount).

I pay for internet as I would without streaming video. Any shows that are only on HBO I wait for the library to get on Dvd or Bluray and rent them.

On demand and endless content has made appointment tv pointless for us. We watch what we want when we want and pay 50% less than if we had cable. It works for us.

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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 01 May 2019 at 3:04pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

The more the streaming services split up and get to the point where it's just as expensive as cable the more people they will drive back to cable and satellite providers. As it is I have high speed internet and Netflix and HBO and Prime and commerical free Hulu and CBS All Access cheaper than I could have local cable. But that won't last if they keep splitting up all the content into more streaming services.
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Steve Coates
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Posted: 01 May 2019 at 3:45pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Not so unique Robin. You described our current configuration exactly, OTA, Netflix and Prime.

Some Canadian networks have open access to recent episodes of current tv shows. It is very convenient for those missed recordings.

I have looked at other streaming services, but I can't work up any enthusiasm for any of them.

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