All this talk about who is responsable for high cable TV prices is great, but I'd like to see more input and ideas related to the thread topic.
As an end user, not only do I not care who is to blame, the reality is, I am very limited in what I can do about it.
I can complain to my cable co., but the majority of customers will not, so it is very likely my cable co. will simply offer me a two or three months discount and hope I will shut up. My issue with cable prices is that I am forced to pay for a package of 40 or 50 channels, even though I may only watch 3 or 4 of them. I have read rumors that it is the cable TV channels that require local cable co's to do this: say for instance FX tells Comcast, "ifyou want to carry FX, you must package it with FXX and whichever other channels they offer.
Assuming this is true, I DON'T CARE! I don't deal with FX. I deal with my cable co. In fact, were I to write an email to FX, I'm certain they would pass the blame on my cable company, explain what a deal I'm getting, or simply ignore me. And in reality, most customers are not going to be contacting FX. I'm using FX as an example because when they launched FXX, they moved Always Sunny In Philly to it, and my cable co. put FXX in a tier I didn't get, effectively removing that show from what I was paying for and asking me to pay even more if I wanted to continue watching it. They did something similiar with BBCA and Orphan Black.
Cutting back or eliminating the TV portion of my bill sends a message in a language these companies understand (the only form of communication they care about). Sure, my cable co. may raise my Internet bill. But I won't be paying for something I'm not using. And FX won't be getting any of it.
If enough people do this, maybe eventually companies like FX will stop their stupid inconsiderate practice.
Now, let's help each other find something good to watch!
Last edited by leebo; 07-08-2014 at 11:22 AM.