Future of Cable TV

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July 16th, 2017 at 8:46:36 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Smithsonian Channel has a new series called
America in Color. I just saw the first in the series
on Youtube, The 1920's.

Stunning and mesmerizing doesn't even cover
it. 1000% better than that colorized crap they
were doing in the 80's. They've taken archival
footage and made it jump off the screen at you.
I've never felt as close to history as I did
watching this. The people and events and streets
come alive, it's like I'm seeing something
that happened a few years ago, not 100.

There's a lot more coming. I'm a huge history
buff, I've seen every American history docu
there is. This beats them all by a mile.

If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
August 1st, 2017 at 11:16:16 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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Could YouTube TV Mean the End of Cable?
The $35-a-month live-television package is the latest to try to capture the attention of cord-cutters.

This announcement a few weeks ago seems to imply that YouTubeTV would mark the end of cable. But these new streaming services are essentially Cable TV delivered in a slightly different manner.

But Demand Libraries are delivering more entertainment than an average person could possibly watch at a very low price, and it is all commercial free.

TV Shows- Movies (last year)
1131(96) 1104(97) Hulu $12
882(151) 3582(667) Netflix $10
512(182) 7419(108) Amazon Prime $11
90(13) 678(88) HBO Now $15
34(6) 331(42) Showtime $9
80(10) 138(93) Starz $9
119(9) 2(0) Acorn TV (British shows) $5


Obviously sports need to be watched live, and to some extent news does as well. But if you are really honest, about 90% of the time when you are watching news it is not really about a live event.
August 1st, 2017 at 1:33:20 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Discovery is buying Scripps for 14 billion. Scripps
owns a bunch of cable networks, big ones. This
will put DC on the top in cable.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/07/31/discovery-pays-14-6b-for-scripps-female-friendly-shows.html
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
August 1st, 2017 at 2:02:31 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: Evenbob
Discovery is buying Scripps for 14 billion.


Discovery , the owner of unscripted channels like Animal Planet and TLC wants to bundle the Scripps networks with its own in an online service for as little as $3 to $4 a month.
August 14th, 2017 at 6:23:11 AM permalink
ams288
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My promotional rate with ATT Uverse just ended yesterday, so I just did my yearly "call the cable company and threaten to switch to their competitor if they can't get me another promotional rate" call.

Worked like a charm, as always.

As always, the first person I talked to was some guy in some foreign call center who couldn't do much for me. Once we get to the point where he tells me that I'm currently getting the best deal possible, I say, "So what do I have to do to just cancel service all together and switch to Comcast?"

Those are the magic words. He immediately transfers me to someone in the "Loyalty Dept." to see what they can do for me.

The "Loyalty Dept." is always someone actually located in America (imagine that!).

Within 10 minutes, she locks in a monthly rate $30 cheaper than what foreign call center guy was offering, and even cheaper than the equivalent Comcast promotional rate that I was threatening to switch to. I'm a happy camper.
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August 14th, 2017 at 9:20:23 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: ams288
My promotional rate with ATT Uverse just ended yesterday, so I just did my yearly "call the cable company and threaten to switch to their competitor if they can't get me another promotional rate" call.


How does the rate you get from ATT Uverse compare with just purchasing internet and buying one of ATTs Direct TV Now packages at $35,$50, $60, or $70?

Eventually, DirecTV and U-verse will come together as a unified product. Think of it as next-generation TV built upon both cable and satellite TV services. It just makes more sense from a business standpoint.
August 14th, 2017 at 10:00:07 AM permalink
ams288
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Quote: Pacomartin
How does the rate you get from ATT Uverse compare with just purchasing internet and buying one of ATTs Direct TV Now packages at $35,$50, $60, or $70?


I have no idea. I have the biggest TV package available (includes HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz). I'm not sure if there is a comparable package out there...

But each year when I call, they try to get me to switch from Uverse TV to DirecTV by offering me some nice DirecTV bundle. This year I just cut her off right away and said I don't want to switch to satellite right at the beginning of her spiel.
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August 14th, 2017 at 11:26:59 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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AT&T Direct TV is satellite. AT&T "Direct TV Now" is an over the top streaming service delivered via celllar and/or internet from another company.

I am not sure what Uverse is but wikipedia says AT&T delivers most U-verse service over a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) or fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) communications network.

I imagine that at some point you will be able to buy the same content packages and how you get the signal will be an independent issue.

It is not clear what it means about Disney starting it's own streaming packages next year. Although we know that Disney is ending it's contract with Netflix, they may choose to end their contracts with all the other streaming packages. That could precipitate a breakdown so that if you want TV you must buy a package from the media company.

GE, VIACOM, NEWS-CORP, DISNEY, TIME-WARNER, CBS and Scripps/Discovery would each have their own streaming service.

For example, youtube TV could lose all the Disney Channels from below. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ABC, Freeform, Disney, Disney Jr, Disney XD
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