Online TV spats mean fewer free shows on Web

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  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    This is a brilliant step, and when I say brilliant I mean idiotic. Old media once again is shooting themselves in the foot. Trying to enforce old pricing models in the era of new media and all the options it provides is the equivalent of sticking ones proverbial head in the sand. It never ceases to amaze me how major corporations continue to look for short term methods at creating profit at the expense of long term growth.

  • CKS007 Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 8:25 a.m.

    We cut the cord when we realized we were being overcharged by a cable & satellite companies that forced us to buy channels we never watched (and give poor customer service to boot). Out of the 100's of channels, most of it was very poor programming. What was once the strength of cable, the specialty channel, died off because each channel started becoming a clone of the other channels (non-animated shows on Cartoon Network, Wrassln' on the Sci-Fi Channel, movies on The Weather Channel, etc.)

    I'm voting with my wallet and trying to support the local channels by watching Over-the-Air television. Apparently more and more people are doing the same. Why do you think Comcast is trying to buy NBC?

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    Oct. 24, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    From the article:
    "Consumers must be made to realize that nothing is free anymore," he wrote.

    My response: Broadcasters need to realize that consumers are fed up with having to watch ads in the middle of something they're already paying for. In cable's early days the big differentiator between cable and network television was that cable was payed for but it was ad-free.