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Old 12-20-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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I have the basic cable channel lineup, which is about 65 channels. There are about 50 or so channels I get that I never watch nor ever care to. What I would like to be able to do is pay only for those channels I want. Custom channel selections. Like how about a channel package of 10, 20, 30 channels and so forth?
If I normally only watch 15 different channels in a given week, then it would be really nice to only pay for those channels I watch. Why pay for 50 channels which are a waste of my time, for me?

How about it, folks? Would you like to only pay for those channels you are interested in? So many for Mom and Dad, some for the kids, and the like? I am getting tired of paying out good money for junk channels.

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Old 12-20-2011, 08:58 PM   #2
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You would not think so but you would be amazed at how political this is. Google search ala carte cable channels.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:08 PM   #3
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You would not think so but you would be amazed at how political this is. Google search ala carte cable channels.

No doubt, I have Satellite with almost 10,000 channels. That is about 9,950 too many. But on the flip side, hardly costs anything and I have thousands of Blockbuster movies I can DL for free.
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You would not think so but you would be amazed at how political this is. Google search ala carte cable channels.

No doubt. Did that search and lots of reasons why it won't happen.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:02 PM   #5
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No doubt, I have Satellite with almost 10,000 channels. That is about 9,950 too many. But on the flip side, hardly costs anything and I have thousands of Blockbuster movies I can DL for free.
Dave, that IS a good point. Thanks.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:27 PM   #6
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ala carte cable will never go through in the US to many people in Washington are getting there pockets lined from the big cable companies rp
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:52 PM   #7
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I just switched from Comcast to Directv because Comcast was crazy expensive. We'll see what Directv is like after a year or two...........

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Old 12-21-2011, 05:58 AM   #8
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Dave, that IS a good point. Thanks.
Half/half, way too many channels, but the block buster downloads are pretty cool.
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:04 AM   #9
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ala carte cable will never go through in the US to many people in Washington are getting there pockets lined from the big cable companies rp
If enough customers drop their cable and enough voters get mad and boot the criminals out we might get real choices.
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:07 AM   #10
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Ala Cart TV is like Ala Cart insurance
WHile it makes the most sense - too many politicians have their hands in it.
So you get to support all those local channels and unique channels that nobody watches .

I too get 100's of channels - But only watch about 15.
Gave up the HBO type channels years ago because I did not watch them.
Here - you need a box ( monthly rental fee per box - where they make a lot of money) for any channels above channel 50 ( Where all the HD channels are).
The other day - I took all the boxes back and I am content to watch just the 50 channels
But still have to pay for the "potential" of all the other channels.

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Old 12-21-2011, 07:02 AM   #11
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All those shopping channels, etc. pay to be there, good luck getting rid of them.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:45 AM   #12
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I think it is a slippery slope. If you only want to pay for the 30 channels you want why should you have to pay for the 29 channels you are not watching when you are watching TV.

ala carte will lead to pay by the minute, and guess what, your cable bill will still be huge. Comcast will get its money out of you one way or the other.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:55 AM   #13
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That would be so great! I've been thinking more about that especially this past year. As other post stated, i don't see it happening also.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:58 AM   #14
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Ahhhh, that's where the 1.5T external hard drive comes in! Here we have lots of choices, mostly in Spanish. So we download shows and movies we want to watch and store them on the external drive. The mac sends the movies wirelessly to the Xbox then its HDMI to the TV.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:20 AM   #15
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My Roku is similar. between that and Playon I am able to get most everything I want. saves me a ton of money and the cable companies aren't getting my money.

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Ahhhh, that's where the 1.5T external hard drive comes in! Here we have lots of choices, mostly in Spanish. So we download shows and movies we want to watch and store them on the external drive. The mac sends the movies wirelessly to the Xbox then its HDMI to the TV.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:28 PM   #16
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Lots of good info here. Thanks everyone. I get all my news, local and more, off my PC. I mostly watch TV when I slide in a DVD. I'm tempted to can my TV cable and just keep my internet connection.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:03 PM   #17
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Unfortunatly I agree with you on only paying for channels you watch but the fact is that if there was an option to do that it would work out to be roughly 4x what you currently pay for cable TV.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:51 PM   #18
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Sorry, it won't happen. It makes too much sense.
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:44 AM   #19
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I think Ryan has it pegged. It's just more criminality in our dysfunctional D.C. ruling class.
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:25 AM   #20
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The biggest push to have a bagillion channels on our cable comes from the. It networks like fox, NBC, abc. Not the local channels mind you but their parent company. If you follow the news you would see fox did not air for a few weeks in new York because the cable company did not want to shell out millions for all 175 channels they have when their customers only watch 5 or 6 of them. It's across the board with all large large broadcaster like this.

The government won't do anything about it because they don't want to be on blast on the cable news channels for doing the right thing.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:47 PM   #21
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I just switched from Comcast to Directv because Comcast was crazy expensive. We'll see what Directv is like after a year or two...........

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I just switched from comcast to the dish network. My bill from comcast has went up 2 times in this past yr and once last yr as well. I will see what there like in a couple yrs as well. My buddy has direct and its good if you want the football package. I dont need it I go to his house anyhow on sundays. Thats the only thing I can see different so far. We got it for about half of what we paid for cable. With 2 dvrs and blockbuster for a yr, Hd for life. All for 39.99
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:06 PM   #22
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I dumped pay for teevee service last year and now just use rabbit ears and get free teevee for...FREE! And what quality information and news I don't get on free teevee I get for free on IFISH...a win win!
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:19 PM   #23
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I don't pay for TV either. I won't support them!
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:43 PM   #24
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If I had to choose between cable TV or having the internet, the internet would be my choice. Anyone else have ?
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:13 AM   #25
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The fact that the internet is becoming a viable option will push cable/pay TV to become flexible or cease to exist. As they see their market share dwindle the arrogant "gotcha where we wantcha" attitude will change.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:57 AM   #26
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I dumped pay for teevee service last year and now just use rabbit ears and get free teevee for...FREE! And what quality information and news I don't get on free teevee I get for free on IFISH...a win win!
Todays weather report for Captain 40 is cloudy out and cold as heck! And that was free baby
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:06 AM   #27
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Todays weather report for Captain 40 is cloudy out and cold as heck! And that was free baby
Go open the door Captain 40, the brass monkey wants in.

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I get about 50 or so channels on Wave Broad Band Cable TV here in Sandy. I very seldom watch the local channels and it doesn't cost that much either.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:14 AM   #28
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See, what did I tell ya? Only quality information to be had here! And how did you know I had a brass monkey?
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:47 AM   #29
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I have Directv, and have purched the Outdoor Channel Alacart for $1.99 mo.
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