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Cable bills to pass $200 a month by 2020: industry forecast
New York Post ^ | April 11, 2012 | PAUL THARP

Posted on 04/11/2012 8:07:07 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

Move over, $5 a gallon gas — America’s new household budget buster may soon be the $200 a month cable bill.

While wages for US workers have remained stagnant, cable bills have quietly climbed 6 percent a year and will pass $200 a month by 2020, according to an alarming industry forecast released yesterday.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bills; cable
I'm down to about a half dozen shows that entertain me and three are on the History Channel.
1 posted on 04/11/2012 8:07:19 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement
Wanna bet?

http://antennaweb.org

2 posted on 04/11/2012 8:09:03 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

There is absolutely NO need to worry here...

Government will come in and fix things. As a result, by 2020 cable bills will only be $400 per month.


3 posted on 04/11/2012 8:11:06 AM PDT by C210N (Mitt "Severe Etch-a-Sketch" mcRominate-me)
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To: ConservativeStatement

If I live to be 130 I will not run out of good educational videos and entertainment on youtube. All free.
With a time delay of a few hours I also get the news free.
Unless you’re a hardcore sports junkie, paying for TV is insane.


4 posted on 04/11/2012 8:12:29 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Romney, the pink slime of presidential politics.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Mine is already $254/month (cable, phone and fastest internet)

We love to laugh at the commercials that have some dude saying how much he loves Cox.

I would love to be able to omit all of the cable and network news channels - we tuned the liars out about a year ago and got rid of the pile of bullet riddled televisions in the back yard.


5 posted on 04/11/2012 8:14:42 AM PDT by RedhairRedhair (I STILL love my (scab made) Toyota)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The only way its going to keep going up is if the cable TV providers are content with a shrinking market. If the average cable TV bill hits breaks the 200/month mark, the majority of people will eliminate TV from their wants and needs and will settle for internet only. Many will opt for a smart phone and tablet computer only and get their internet solely from free wifi and cell phone providers.

I know I already eliminated TV and land line phone service from my home years ago. I am down to a flip phone and a cable modem. at some point in the future, I may ditch the cable modem and upgrade to a smart phone with premium data plan and a cellular modem.


6 posted on 04/11/2012 8:15:51 AM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Cable TV sucks ass anyway. But internet streaming and down lading is the way to go. Netflix and I hear HBO has good streaming to.


7 posted on 04/11/2012 8:18:43 AM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: ConservativeStatement

Makes DVDs look better and better.


8 posted on 04/11/2012 8:20:55 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
I will never pay that... So back to reading a good novel..The junk that is on now isn't worth five dollars a month much less $200.00..I am afraid the cable companies will go to pot..
9 posted on 04/11/2012 8:33:42 AM PDT by PLD (what is the difference between the Black Panthers and the KKK..Nothing I can see..)
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To: ConservativeStatement

A large chunk of this is due to the media conglomerates that require the cable/satellite providers to carry entire blocks of their networks, even the unpopular ones- and then demand ever-higher fees for each one of them. Don’t want to carry “The All Crap Network”? Then you can’t have Discovery, SiFi, and whatever. Oh, and since we KNOW you want those others, you can pay us higher broadcast fees for all of them.

This is one of the biggest obstacles to ala-carte cable. Folks point fingers at cable and sat carriers, yet it the the mandated bundling that makes it impractical to offer only what consumers want.

I would say that DirecTV could remove over half of the channels in our package and I wouldn’t care- except they would come off in chunks- taking the desirable with the junk.


10 posted on 04/11/2012 8:34:57 AM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Who needs cable? Never had it, never will. On the other hand, we all need fuel. One is a necessity, the other, a waste of life.


11 posted on 04/11/2012 8:37:20 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

My old bones won’t last until 2020!


12 posted on 04/11/2012 8:40:01 AM PDT by Boston Blackie
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To: ConservativeStatement

So who needs it? No cable for 15 years, here.


13 posted on 04/11/2012 8:42:27 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: knittnmom

I buy old movies at the library for 25 cents. I watch them and then pass them to my daughter for their camp which does not have great tv access. It’s good to be practical....and cheap.


14 posted on 04/11/2012 8:46:44 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: ConservativeStatement
Maybe the Hollywood ‘lobby’ thinks this will force us back into the movie theaters.

NOT

I hardly watch TV as it is, I am only about two centuries behind in my reading and wouldn't miss TV at all! :)

I think we'd all be better off without it anyway!

15 posted on 04/11/2012 8:47:05 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Steve Van Doorn
"But internet streaming and down lading is the way to go."

Due to this, internet companies are starting to put monthly caps on bandwidth and charging overage fees.

I love my Netflix on Roku, but I'm not upgrading to the HD Roku because of this.

16 posted on 04/11/2012 8:50:34 AM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: ConservativeStatement
Back in the early 1970s I read a technical review of TV broadcasting that predicted satellite and cable would provide hundreds of television channels. All with endless mind numbing commercials and absolutely nothing of substance worth viewing. It was dead on. I threw out all (4) television sets in the house two years ago. “Snooky”? DWTS? Dan “Blather”? “Clinton” Network News? Haven't missed a thing. Life is good.
17 posted on 04/11/2012 8:58:11 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: ConservativeStatement

By 2020 a cheeseburger with real cattle beef meat and real cheese will cost US$20 to $30 on the East Coast.

I don’t think the cable companies are going to be able to keep up with inflation, their product has lost it’s appeal and consumer consumption patterns have been irreversibly altered by ‘New Media’.


18 posted on 04/11/2012 8:59:27 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: TheBattman

I don’t speak Spanish. I HATE Rap-crap. Not in love with TV Preachers. Yet, I pay for all that stuff in a “package.” No ala-carte. Ain’t right!


19 posted on 04/11/2012 8:59:57 AM PDT by donozark (We're ALL Greeks now...and possibly, quite soon, Portugese.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Netflix!

About $8/month for unlimited streaming. Add a DVD for another $8, (Blu Ray for $9). This gets you a new movie as soon as you can mail back the old one, NOT one DVD a month.

I watch what I want, when I want, on TV, Cell, Notebook, when traveling. I can get movies and shows downloaded with Verizon 3G pretty quick, I got the unlimited data plan. I do have a cable modem with the highest speed available. Kids and hubby also watch on their tvs and computers ON THE SAME $8 plan.

20 posted on 04/11/2012 9:01:05 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: ConservativeStatement; All

Kill you rTV, disconnect from the cable, stop receiving satellite. I’ve been without for about 5 years, hasn’t even been a burden at all. In fact, all of a sudden, you will find you have LOTS of extra time.


21 posted on 04/11/2012 9:01:10 AM PDT by RoadGumby (This is not where I belong, Take this world and give me Jesus.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Only a Liberal could believe that prices would increase 400% even as the number of free and low-cost competitors increases exponentially.

Frankly this is probably propaganda, put out by the cable industry and intended to put a scare into sports leagues over their escalating rights fees.


22 posted on 04/11/2012 9:03:35 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RoadGumby

Extra time and extra money too!

TV is a time parasite


23 posted on 04/11/2012 9:04:14 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Mine’s going to cross 200 with the next rate hike. Of course I’m all bundled, that’s cable (extended tier HD with DVR), interwebs and phone.


24 posted on 04/11/2012 9:04:14 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: TheBattman

Totally sat TV-free since last June.

We have been catching up on science fiction series and movies via Netflix. We had dropped the alphabets back in 2004. Now, I realize that Syfy would take series episodes totally out of context, plus, they were so chopped up for ad breaks that it was difficult to follow the plot lines. Movies and mini-series, as well. The DVDs and streaming episodes/movies are a joy, with all the content, no commercials, the ability to pause or resume later and, more and more often, now, closed captions.

We watch The Real News from the Blaze for current news. We may cut our GBTV subscription back to $5/month, since we don’t watch their other offerings very often.

I wouldn’t pay $70 for DirecTV, why would I ever pay $200? We can also get many Food Network shows on streaming, NOVA, the few real history shows, etc, etc. Unless you _have_ to have the absolutely most current show in real time, there is no reason to sub to any TV service, IMO.


25 posted on 04/11/2012 9:05:07 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: ConservativeStatement
As mentioned, "cable" is a luxury, and the cablemasters need to be aware that Atlas will shrug violently if they get obama-GREEDY with their "offering".

Personally, I will not pay any rate near that to see Bill O'Reilly or even the (rewritten) History Channel.

I've already cancelled all premium channels due to a) Cost and b)liberal themes.

I'm one of the lucky ones who was about 13 before we even had a TV, and I KNOW I can live without it. There's always movie rental, or even a good outdoor antenna as a last resort.

Television is one of the prime reasons that this country has jumped into lockstep with liberalism over the past 50 years, and now that's about all you hear on the tube.

The sets are much better, but the programming content sucks big time.
26 posted on 04/11/2012 9:09:31 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: ConservativeStatement

Government is beginning to subsidize cable and cell phone service for low income households.

So, like any other business with a guaranteed payer, prices will soar.


27 posted on 04/11/2012 9:10:12 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: ConservativeStatement
Internet and cell phone also cost a lot less in foreign countries. Our corrupt system of bribes campaign contributions ensures that our choices are limited.
28 posted on 04/11/2012 9:14:50 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: ConservativeStatement

My Dish bill is $22 a month if and when it gets to $30 it gets turned off......


29 posted on 04/11/2012 9:29:33 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

One of the ONLY reasons I’ve kept cable in recent years has been because of FoxNews. Yet, in the past six months, thanks to all the Romney-cheerleading, I’ve now all but stopped watching Fox. Only tune in for an occasional Greta interview or Palin appearance. My viewership of the station is down by a good 95% I’d say. So it’s really become pointless for me to continue subscribing to cable. I’m truly just inches away from cancelling.


30 posted on 04/11/2012 9:32:07 AM PDT by greene66
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To: ConservativeStatement

Who uses cable anymore?
The only wire into my home is broadband internet, and even that’s glass.
You can get TV (including commercials) free on the internet.
The VOIP can be had for under $10 a month, so you don’t need phone either.


31 posted on 04/11/2012 9:43:31 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: mamelukesabre

You can’t really go to the cellular network for broadband. They are having issues keeping up with demand. ATT recently jacked up their data plan from 25 for 2gigs to 30 for 3gigs. You go over that, you spend another 30 bucks. Streaming videos to watch instead of cable will not be practical like that. Every carrier except Tmobile that I am aware of, have got rid of their unlimited data plans.

Cell phone companies on the whole are experiencing rapid growth in data usage due to the smart phones. They will rapidly hit the wall where there is no more spectrum to buy.


32 posted on 04/11/2012 9:55:34 AM PDT by BJ1
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To: ConservativeStatement

Oh, I am very certain that mine won’t.


33 posted on 04/11/2012 10:02:27 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: ConservativeStatement
Cable used to be a great value when the History Channel, Discovery, Animal Planet, Nat Geographic showed high quality documentaries every night.

Now that they've all become subsidiaries of the Hillbilly Reality Show Network, forget it.

34 posted on 04/11/2012 10:38:52 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Oh, no!! Uzbeks have drunk my battery fluid!)
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To: BJ1

I think they will get it figured out before a wall is hit. They are always figuring out ways to cram more data onto a carrier wave. They are even working on eliminating carrier waves completely...as in ultra wide band radio transmission. If we have to switch to sat phone/cell phone hybrids that operate in the microwave spectrum, so be it. Or if we have to switch to cell systems that use more towers spaced closer together, so be it.


35 posted on 04/11/2012 10:39:27 AM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I cancelled my cable early last year. Every time I tried to watch a show, they would cover it up with advertisements for other shows - they wouldn’t let me watch the programs that I was paying for. I now own all of my favorite TV shows on DVD (except for a few that haven’t been released) and I can watch them whenever I want.


36 posted on 04/11/2012 10:43:39 AM PDT by grundle
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To: Buckeye McFrog

That’s right...this is actually DESENSITIZATION, and these companies will be right behind pushing big government payrolls government workers being their consumers with our stolen money.


37 posted on 04/11/2012 10:52:50 AM PDT by Varsity Flight (Phony-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: ConservativeStatement
No need for cable when you have DVDs:


38 posted on 04/11/2012 10:54:14 AM PDT by grundle
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To: ConservativeStatement
The cable bill at my house is $0/month. Verizon Wireless is getting over $300/month due to multiple smart phones with data plans. If I become income constrained, I'll be happy to drop those costs to near zero too.
39 posted on 04/11/2012 11:49:05 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Sacajaweau
I buy old movies at the library for 25 cents.

Gee that is a great price for super 8 movies!
40 posted on 04/11/2012 11:49:22 AM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: Sacajaweau
I buy old movies at the library for 25 cents.

Gee that is a great price for super 8 movies!
Give it another year and the VHS movies will drop to about that too.
41 posted on 04/11/2012 11:50:47 AM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: RabidBartender
Due to this, internet companies are starting to put monthly caps on bandwidth and charging overage fees.

My Verizon Wireless LTE/WiFi adaptor costs $50/month with a 5 GB monthly cap. I use every bit and on a rare occasion I've stepped over 250 MB and had a $10 overage charge. That device will never be used as a Netflix path. It is barely adequeate to keep my 3 Linux and one WinXP machines patched plus some minimum web surfing/e-mail. Pretty damn expensive for so little utility.

42 posted on 04/11/2012 11:55:47 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: ConservativeStatement

The government gives money for people to eat.
The government gives cell phones to the poor.
The government gives free healthcare to the poor.

How long before they give free cable to the poor? This country is rotting away right before our eyes.


43 posted on 04/11/2012 11:57:45 AM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: sportutegrl

Bingo. Netflix.

$62/mo for fast internet* + $8/mo Netflix + $99/once** for AppleTV = way more video than I can consume, when I want, commercial free.

* - price just went up, wondering if they refactored tiers and bumped customers hoping they wouldn’t notice. I noticed, will look at downgrading.
** - upgrade every few years. The latest 1080p upgrade would be nice, but 720p upscaled is plenty good for us now.

For recent movies, there’s Redbox at ~$1.50/night for Bluray.
For “I want X right now”, there’s iTunes at $1-5/rental.
For anything else, there’s get a life. Way too much else to read/watch/do.
Only thing missing is streaming live news. BIG opening there for someone to make $$$.


44 posted on 04/11/2012 12:09:50 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

Remember: feds gave away Digital TV converters not long ago.


45 posted on 04/11/2012 12:11:46 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: JSteff

The old movies ARE VHS. Our library will have a sale next month...Both VHS and DVD....stupid cheap.


46 posted on 04/11/2012 3:51:01 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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