Originally Posted by blackcap93
There's always the a-la-carte model that been talked about... here, people would be paying for just the channels they watch, which could even the odds with the content providers (maybe?)
Honestly I don't think a-la-carte would fly... too many channels don't get that many viewers, right now alot of them only exist as "me-too" channels
For example I'm sure 90% of our customers in these markets would not take "Logo" if it wasn't included in a package with Showtime and the Encores - with only 10% or less wanting it, it wouldn't be worth carrying and probably would fall off the map. Same with ethnic programming and to a degree even sports...
That and it won't attack the *real* problem - cable and dish are expensive because you are paying for 2 things
1) Access to and the Maintenance of our content delivery systems
Like any retail transation there is mark up so that a profit can be made and our equipment etc can be upgraded. the driving costs that increase cable the most are the price of content.
If this isn't regulated or controlled, then even a-la-carte will get bad, you'll just be spending $15 for Espn and $15 for Fox Sports then $5 for Abc, $5 for NBC, $5 for CBS, $5 for Fox, $5 for WB...
If you're lucky they'll package by provider (so subscribing to Fox sports gives you all the fox sports channels) but under that model you're already paying $55 for just your core major networks and the major sports channels... that's a whole lot of channels less than expanded basic -
yes, it's possible this might not be the case, but honestly, I don't see a-la-carte being cheaper... I see it as content providers having free licsence to charge as much as they can get away with...
Sure, it will now mean that you have the choice of what networks are on your system, but it will also mean that unless those networks appeal to a HUGE base, it's less likely to fly.
Who knows, maybe I'm more pessimistic... in a perfect a-la-carte world, cable providers wouldn't pay for the content, they'd simply make the network availible to the content providers (like the internet) and then you'd simply pay a network access fee.
maybe with the rise of IP tv we'll find ourselves in that bucket soon...