Originally Posted by Maurice2
Does RCN in New York offer any 3D programs? Does anyone know when they will? Thank you.
Nope. No 3D. They don't announce much in advance (or ever), so I don't think you're going to see 3D out of them soon, but who really knows? I don't care about 3D, so this isn't a big deal for me.
One thing that is a bigger deal for me is that they don't offer Turner Classic Movies in HD. Many other cable companies do. I also think that they are overpriced, even though I have them giving me all kinds of promotional discounts. Every year the price goes up and at the same time, channels are lost from the basic tier.
I know they're under pressure from the cable networks, who raise their prices every year and many of them demand to be paid by the total number of subscribers to the system, not the number of people who actually watch the channel. IMO, this is unsustainable and if the MSO's like RCN and Time-Warner don't want to find themselves wiped out by other non-linear services, they'd better wake up and start offering ala-carte services. They could do it on the point system: the OTA channels are "0", cable networks who don't charge them a fee would be "0" and other networks would be some varying amount of points. You would get so many points for so many dollars with escalations so that you spend less per point as you buy more.
I actually watch very few channels - I have the vast majority of channels de-programmed.
They'd probably make less money in the short run, but I think they'd make more in the long run as people paid a little more to get another channel and as they'd get less churn because people could stick with a smaller package rather than dropping them entirely. The costs of acquiring a new customer are actually quite high.
I do have to give RCN credit for never getting into these big battles with the cable networks that results in channels being taken off the air during negotiations. Frankly, I think they just cave because they're relatively small and don't have the negotiating power anyway.