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If the infrastructure has not changed, why has the price gone up?

Why are we experiencing slower internet?

Why does the price continue to increase? If you already have a customer, doesn't it make sense to keep them at that promotional price rather than losing customers that you have already installed the cable for? (free) The cost for you to continue to provide a promotional price rate has got to be less than attracting new customers with the free installation and promotional price. Loyalty programs would increase your pulic image, which would increase new customers.

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Re: If the infrastructure has not changed, why has the price gone up?

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hissonshines wrote:

Why are we experiencing slower internet?

Why does the price continue to increase? If you already have a customer, doesn't it make sense to keep them at that promotional price rather than losing customers that you have already installed the cable for? (free) The cost for you to continue to provide a promotional price rate has got to be less than attracting new customers with the free installation and promotional price. Loyalty programs would increase your pulic image, which would increase new customers.


Agree 100%  Awesome post!

 

The problem is the tremendous costs of Cable TV programing.  Notice how your Internet and Phone service costs stays about the same, with maybe only small increases most of the time.  The problem is that TV programing, Spectrum, Direct TV, Dish Network, Cox, Comcast, all have to pay the channel provider for the right to carry the stations.  The biggest increase each year is Sports Programing.

 

For years, providers have tried to work with networks to put Sports on an Ala Carte package, so that those who don't like Sports would not have to be burdended with the added costs.  ESPN and all of it's sister channels are the most expensive networks.  The problem is that Disney, which owns ABC and ESPN refuses to move those channels off of Standard Service, and onto say legacy TWC Sports Pass or Spectrum Gold level.  If all ESPN stations were not a part of your cable service, your bill would go down about $25 a month!

 

Look at these athletes with their multi-million dollar salaries.  Carrier of station has to pay the service provider the same way we as customers have to pay our monthly cable bills.  Sports programing is the main culprit of these rate increases.  The other problem is that live sports, and live news are not really available through other competitive services, such as Netflix or Apple TV.  Every other medium has a way to watch movies, shows, and TV series, and this creates a problem for the cable providers in the wake of increased prices.

 

They try with bundling services and if a rented provided only did ala-carte pricing, subs would literally drop-dead at the cost of their monthly TV services!  If your Cable, TV, Phone service bundled lets say is $230 a month, if that stuff was ala-carte, you would probably be paying at least $300.  a month.  No joke.

 

It is a challenge for many people in these trying times to see how TV services represent value as rates continue to increase each year.  The other issue is simply inflation.  The infrastructure may want to consider smaller priced packages.  The catch is, will the host providers allow that to happen in the coming years?  Where does a value for service begin?  And where does it end?  These are pressing questions for all TV rental program vendors, not just cable TV.

 

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Re: If the infrastructure has not changed, why has the price gone up?

well said

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Re: If the infrastructure has not changed, why has the price gone up?

Infrastructure costs have gone up, there's only so many gigabytes you can cram thru a strand of fiber... As speeds go up so does the size of the pipeline and number of servers, nodes must be divided up to serve fewer subscribers, etc.

 

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Re: If the infrastructure has not changed, why has the price gone up?

The reason ABC won't put them in a Separate Package is nobody's watching them anymore, look at NASCAR it's dead , baseball all people watch if any is the World Series it's dead ,check the stands  there empty, the only thing I see anybody's at is college basketball maybe a football game or two and yet the fee we pay now is $8.50 a month to put in a pot so it doesn't cost U anything each year when they raise OUR prices U have our money already to pay them for what they are asking, have U ever thought about telling ABC no to the price increases , they should be paying U 007 to show that crap there's nobody watching it , When are U going to learn if it's not on Netflix or another Streaming Channel we can live without it , it's got to stop somewhere or U are going to be in big big trouble---Edward Kittrell