Originally Posted by drocpsu
The fact that these stations are available nationally for free over the air.
The blame for all this (retrans consent) needs to rest SOLEY at these local TV stations & the government that allow this retrans BS to happen! Considering these stations have a defacto monopoly on must-see (network) prog, there is NO reason why something sent out OTA for FREE - in the SAME serving area as local cable systems - should be compensated for (twice) by ANY video providers!
Comcast is basically going to prevent you from being able to get them all together, unless you pay them for the service,
Well you sure don't expect CC (or ANY other provider) to eat all these escalating retrans costs...so they got to get them back somehow.
But yes, imagine a company (CC) that wants people to actually PAY for a service they actively charge for...
(at some unreasonable price for what you get in "basic" cable).
Well considering you are already paying MORE for internet service only, (CC usually charges around $15 MORE for internet-only subs) adding on (limited) basic cable would cost you probably LESS than $5 more - & would include 3 DTA's to boot.
And before anyone kvetches about NOT getting locals in HD, full HD boxes only cost .50 for CC limited basic subs. (CC is supposed to be coming out with HD DTA's very soon...)
But I guess the flipside is, if you cant stick an antenna up, you wouldn't be able to get the stations anyway if a cable provider wasnt around anyway.
+1Edited by dishrich - 9/5/12 at 8:28am