One Week Later, CBS Still Dark on Time Warner Cable

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abbadon_34

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While I don't normally take the liberal socialist view, NPR reports that this is actually a much bigger fight, with Consumers and Cable Companies (TimeWarner) vs. Channel bundlers and oligarchs (CBS). A compromise was almost reached, allowing for Cable companies to offers consumers individual channels, but was bulldozed by a coalition of channel cartels. The bottom line: buy all of them or none of them, and don't let anyone break the cartel.
 

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A prime example of Corporate Greed. All Around.

1) actors getting too much for crappy shows to begin with.
2) TV should be making their money off the commercials people are FORCED to watch non stop over and over, not out of their own pocket for the privilege to watch the crap they feed us.

I'm too aggravated to go on... But it goes on and on...

I'm very against piracy, but honestly, it's no wounder it is so proliferate in an industry so messed up as this.
 

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I don't see the problem, I get CBS perfectly fine with my OVER THE AIR antenna.

I dished cable years ago and I'm not planning to go back any time soon.

Sure there are some cable shows that I like, and guess what there ARE alternate ways to watch them.
 

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"By blacking out CBS, Time Warner has essentially raised its subscription rate, forcing customers to pay the same for less given that content has been locked out both offline and online. " ... well, I'd accept that statement if it had been a significant amount of time since the lockout started. The most annoying thing is both of them sniping about the other "Wanting to raise rates." TWC claims CBS wants a 200% increase. CBS says TWC wants to raise prices *600%.* (or did at one point.) And, of course, with negotiations being "confidential," nobody can tell who's trying to do what.

For me, all I'm really interested in is the BBC, a bit of Science - occasionally catching something on another channel. There's so little WORTH watching right now otherwise that I really don't miss it.
 

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all this will do in the long run is make more people download the shows. In the end users will probably just keep downloading the shows and in the end the rating for the shows will drop.

This constant bickering of them is annoying and childish to say the least.

CBS and Time Warner just don't plan ahead, viewers will adapt. Sadly it seems Corporations don't adapt quick enough.....When will they learn?

They wonder why people just download shows..... this is a fine example....
 

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Dexter dies... Deb is pregnant with Dexter's next child, Vogul goes to prison for being a pedophile.

There, no need to have Showtime anymore :)
 

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@icemunk

That's all well and good. And I fully support networks putting their FREE over the air content on their own websites. Even with the commercials. Yes. They are slightly annoying, but pay for the show. And I'll never buy anything advertised anyway.

Far more annoying is the tiny selection and the deals they have made with satellite and cable that limit what everyone else can get, or when they can get it, and the limited selection. When they can get FAR better ratings tracking online than with Neilson. Neilson ratings have not made sense for a decade(basically a crappy limited poll of the same people). They clam it's all they have.... But they have the internet.

The HUGE issue here is that CBS is blocking time Warner internet customers from accessing FREE internet content because the subscribers ONLY internet option is time Warner. That's huge. Limiting your access to the internet because of your ISP. when you probably only have one choice anyway. CANNOT be tolerated. you should NEVER EVER EVER be blocked from any online content because of who your ISP. That has to be stopped. NOW

 

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This is a crock of crap. The networks have no right to charge for something that is free over the air. If TWC holds pat, other Cable Co's will too. They offered to go al la carte on CBS, but CBS called it a stunt, which is their code speak for, "we know a bunch of people won't pay for their crappy product.

Remember when the NFL tried the same crap. They wanted a ridiculous amount for their "network". They sued the Cable Co's to try and get what they wanted, and tried to force the Cable Co's to put it on their basic package. They told them to GFY. It's pathetic. What TWC should do is negotiate a split the difference agreement, then preempt all of their commercials and generate their own revenue.

AMC pulled the same crap. Said the price increase was justified, but diluted their content (website,Netflix,Amazon, etc) by making it available everywhere. Why would I pay more when I'm one of 7 companies AMC is extorting for their content.
 
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Who cares. The time of the cable companies is over. They are dinosaurs from an other era. We can buy content directly from the producers now. Who needs them?
 

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"Perhaps their real aim here is to use those outdated terms to hamstring our ability to do business with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus and other new entrants that pose a new competitive threat to their former, cozy, unchallenged monopoly status,"

This guy's got it right.
 

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((Who cares. The time of the cable companies is over. They are dinosaurs from an other era. We can buy content directly from the producers now. Who needs them? ))

I think most people still get their Internet from these dinosaurs. End result is that they'll find another way to screw you - is all I'm saying.
 

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@abbadon_34: So what way is the word "liberal" dirty? Oh yeah, freedom/liberty are dirty words to a fascist. Because that is the OPPOSITE of a liberal. Also, if you live in any modern western world country, socialism is PART of every country. Our US Military is SOCIALISM. And perhaps you should NOT drive your car on our SOCIALIST roads or ever call our SOCIALIST 911 Police service. You better not take a dime for our SOCIAL Security either.

Keep in mind WHO created the "dirty Liberal" phrase... It was NIXON and his friends, you know who was caught doing illegal things. So one of his friends (Roger Ailes) helps starts a controlled fake "news" network funded and owned by a FORIGNER that will promote exactly what they want.

The USA is "We the People"... No YOU people, not Certain People and certainly not BS con artists.
 

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If you have NFL sunday ticket or DIRECT TV, then you support these companies holding their content for ransom. the NFL is, by far, the largest abuser of this "we hold the content for hostage" tactics. Did you know the NFL owns direct tv (by far the worse customer service of any company ever, after giving them THOUSANDS of dollars w/ 10 years of service, they treat me like dog meat).

TWC and CBS are COMPLETELY out of their realm. It's companies run by old people that have Z E R O understanding of today's youth and viewers. They are trying to stick to the 1990's way of running things, but its 2013. Either get with the times or someone else will and get our money in the process.
 

belardo

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@abbadon_34: So what way is the word "liberal" dirty? Oh yeah, freedom/liberty are dirty words to a fascist. Because that is the OPPOSITE of a liberal. Also, if you live in any modern western world country, socialism is PART of every country. Our US Military is SOCIALISM. And perhaps you should NOT drive your car on our SOCIALIST roads or ever call our SOCIALIST 911 Police service. You better not take a dime for our SOCIAL Security either.

Keep in mind WHO created the "dirty Liberal" phrase... It was NIXON and his friends, you know who was caught doing illegal things. So one of his friends (Roger Ailes) helps starts a controlled fake "news" network funded and owned by a FORIGNER that will promote exactly what they want.

The USA is "We the People"... No YOU people, not Certain People and certainly not BS con artists.
 
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