Should Basic Cable+Satellite Services be Free?

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  1. Njrg
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    Pretty much everything out there in the world is free with ads/commercials.

    Our radio stations broadcast music/entertainment to us for free because they make their money through advertisements and sponsorships.
    Hulu, Youtube, Google, Yahoo, Weather, ect... provide us with free information, entertainment and services because the ads they host make them money.
    I can't tell you how many free pens that said Viagra that I took to school.

    Advertisements, although annoying, makes alot of things free for us. Even GBATemp used to be supported by means of ads. And there are many sites where you can get rid of ads if you're a paying/subscribing member. Most of today's MMO's are free because of ads and their item malls.

    However basic cable and satellite is one of the few services I know out there that requires you to pay, and you get ads. It works like clockwork too. 8 minutes of program, 2 minutes of ads, repeat. Some stations even run ads during programs or during credits.

    I know nothing will change, but I think basic services should be free and that only premium services should be paid for. Not that I really watch TV on a TV anymore. What do you think?
     
  2. KevInChester

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    It's not essential for living, so no I don't think it should be.
     
  3. Njrg
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    So our food, homes, medical care, and clothes should be free?
     
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    No, it shouldn't be free, but it also shouldn't cost as much as it currently does. All we have is basic cable without a cable box....just a straight line directly to the TV. It's still all the old analog stations, the only HD we have is the locals and 1 or 2 unscrambled digital channels.

    We pay nearly $70 a month for that. It shouldn't be more than $25 for BASIC cable, IMO. They "say" they offer free HD, but that's a lie, it costs a minimum of $15 more to add HD.

    But I'd have to agree, if commercials are SO important and pay for everything, why do we have to pay anything? A nominal service fee I can understand, but $70 a month for BASIC cable is just being greedy.
     
  6. Danny600kill

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    I'm lucky, its different in England, I have hundreds of channels ( I have Virgin Media ( Biggest Package ) )
    and with the Phone and Broadband it only costs around £30 a month.

    When I saw what Rayder pays I was astonished, you really are being ripped off in the US
     
  7. Rogue Trader

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    In Britain we pay for a TV license, which you MUST have if you want to watch any TV, even free channels, satellite, etc. BUT, the money from the TV license is used to fund the BBC, which is completely ad-free, and also has some of the best programmes available on TV.

    The rest of the channels all have ads, which is annoying, but whatever, I watch most stuff online now.
     
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    Here in America, just about every aspect of our life is one big overpriced money-making scam.

    You know, if everyone dropped cable, then no one would be there to watch their freaking commercials. We have commercials stumbling over themselves and cutting each other off on a regular basis. The next show is coming on while the credits are still rolling from the last show (and those credits are scrunched into a corner and are unreadable anyway). Meanwhile, you have invasive ads popping up along the bottom of the screen blocking nearly a quarter of the show you're watching, or are playing while those credits are rolling. It's quite ridiculous.

    It used to be that the government wasn't allowed to make a law that benefited companies, but that goes on all the time now. Mandatory car insurance anyone? Now they like to rub it in your face in their commercials that if you don't have car insurance, then you will go to jail if caught driving without it. That law ONLY benefits the insurance companies because if you get in an accident with a person with no insurance, they'll fine and/or jail that dude, impound his car, and it's up to you to try and collect from the deadbeat. The insurance company won't help you with that at all.

    In our country, you are supposed to have the right to face your accuser, but they have traffic cameras everywhere.....how are you supposed to question a camera? Meanwhile, the police force in my city has been cut down to a third of what it was just a couple years ago. Oh, but they need more taxes all the time. Uh-huh.

    Like I said, nearly every aspect of life in America is one big overpriced money-making scam. Cable TV is but one of those scams.

    And these companies wonder why everyone is pirating everything. [​IMG]
     
  9. Overlord Nadrian

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    Only £30? That's cheap! [​IMG] In Belgium, it costs even more than where Rayder lives, the prices here are sometimes fucked up [​IMG]
     
  10. Blood Fetish

    Blood Fetish Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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    Cable isn't a scam. You people let it happen. Cancel your cable and it goes away. Otherwise this is just pointless crying like a facebook group or online petition. The companies know you are all spineless too, that's why they do it.
     
  11. Matthew

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    Basic Deal: £18 for 10Mb internet, 65 channels + catchup and Unlimited weekend UK landline calls
    http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/bundl...le-builder.html
     
  12. Overlord Nadrian

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    What the hell man, 65 channels, I don't thin we even have that many in Belgium... That makes me sad, actually, knowing that if I lived in Britain I'd be damn rich [​IMG]
     
  13. monkat

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    Meh...I live in a more urban (see: expensive) area, and cable is still only like $30 per month. I don't buy into it, just because of my tiny tiny paycheck and the fact that I can just watch it online a few days later on Hulu. Still, internet and cable cost about the same, so go with internet. But if you really want cable, it's not unaffordably (for those who don't live in poverty) expensive.
     
  14. dinofan01

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    It's a service not a right. So no.
     
  15. Matthew

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    You have to still pay the license fee of £145.50 a year, however, you don't have to pay BT landline if you go with virgin media
     
  16. worlok375

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    They should...but they aren't.
     
  17. dinofan01

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    Well in reality they can be. If you decide to live in a self sustaining household making your own food, clothes, and taking care of your medical it will be as close to free as possible in this world. But of course no one wants that so we go to others and trade goods. I trade you money so I dont have to farm.
     
  18. Njrg
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    I'm not complaining. I don't even watch TV anymore and its not because it cost money. Watching what I want as I please is something I've grown accustomed to. I've watched TV for most of my life and I'm used to 25% of my TV being advertisements.

    But I just realized a few hours ago that cable is the only service I know where I pay for and still forced to wait on commercial breaks. AM/FM radio I get commercial interruptions but its free, and if I decide to opt for the Sattelite radio, then I get a commercial free service.

    I know there are ads on the internet service that I pay for, but those advertisements benefit me. They pay for my Hulu, my Youtube, my Google, my IGN, and ect...

    Ads make money for the television and cable companies, but they don't benefit the audience like ads do on any other medium. I just think that if I'm not going to get any ad-free services like HBO, then basic cable should free.
     
  19. lukands

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  20. DSGamer64

    DSGamer64 Canadian, Eh?

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    No but it shouldn't be a monthly fee, especially for limited bandwidth users.

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    Worse for us Canadians then those in America.