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    Re: Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle | Internet & Media - CNET News

    If they do smaller bundles, they are still going to put all the lead channels in a bundle with crap nobody watches. To get ESPN, you will end up having to pay for 3 Spanish language channels, a home shopping network, and a bunch of women's channels.

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    I don't trust anything that mccain does.

    More legislation is not required for anything.

    What we have now is not enforced.
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    Re: Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle | Internet & Media - CNET News

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    That would depend on one's interests, wouldn't it?
    as it should. that's the point.

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    John McCain confuses me. Sometimes he does really great things like this and has good ideas and then other times Sarah friggen Palin. It will never pass as the cable and sports lobbies are way to big and will never allow it to get through, but good for him for proposing it.

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    Re: Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle | Internet & Media - CNET News

    I'm very close to cutting the cord to cable. I can see just about every thing I want on Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Ruku at 1/4 the cost. Most the sports I would lose I can find online or at a local sports bar.
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    Re: Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle | Internet & Media - CNET News

    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    John McCain confuses me. Sometimes he does really great things like this and has good ideas and then other times Sarah friggen Palin. It will never pass as the cable and sports lobbies are way to big and will never allow it to get through, but good for him for proposing it.
    Definitely a good turnaround from his Internet Censorship Freedom Act. (a very strange bill coming from a self-described total computer illiterate. "I can't even check email.")
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    Re: Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle | Internet & Media - CNET News

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    I don't trust anything that mccain does.

    More legislation is not required for anything.

    What we have now is not enforced.
    In this area the regulations are enforced and they are actually an enforced monopoly. The cable companies bundle these services because they can and because they make more money this way. You cannot switch to another cable company to get better bundles. There is no actual competition between cable companies in the same area and this is by law. For example if you do not like TWC at your house and you want to switch to Comcast because they offer something you prefer you cannot do it. Then you have satellite stupidity. You figure satelite would just be able to offer stuff. My grandparents love the yankees. Satelite broadcasts Yankee games, but only if your billing residence is in NY. They actuall;y have to pay for a friend of theirs in NY to subscribe to satellite so they can have a billing address in NY so their box in florida will unlock the yankees games. There is not even an option for them to pay more in florida for the same signal that they are receiving, but is just scrambled. This is protected and enforced by law.

    McCain is right on this. maybe his motives are off which is entirely possible, but this deregulation of competition and forced purchasing of channels you never wanted to watch at all is exactly the kick in the ass the cable company needs to start competing with the internet. This is actually good for the cable company and television. People are dropping TV service because TV sucks. I don't ever watch sports. I am never interested, nor will i ever be interested. I have to pay for the most expensive channels in the whole menu of cable channels if i want basic cable, and those are sports networks. i worked for TWC so i know the actual pricing of channels. The charge for ESPN is more than the charge for a HBO channel or other premium. The only way for you to get cable to your house without sports networks, which are the most expensive, is to be on welfare or public assistance and only get the broadcast channels. That is by design. You pay for 80 percent of channels you are not interested in and will never watch. You pay for them anyway. That is why your cable is so expensive. That is why they can put out so much trash. This is why people would rather pay for what they watch on high speed internet.

    Cable needs to step up because the next generations of customers are already growing up with the options to just watch what they want when they want to. They are not going to want to pay all that money for a basic cable feed of BS they can watch on their own schedule online. Cable will fight this tooth and nail because they like their complacent raking in of money without thought. But I am not really complaining too much. If the evil empire dies because it got run over by technology like blockbuster has I am not really going to bitch too much. Still, Mccain is giving them the kick in the ass they need to change their habits and perhaps save television. Considering the bloated ass of the cable companies i don't think he will have much luck, but it would be fun to see him win.

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    Re: Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle | Internet & Media - CNET News

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    . I have no doubt that the govt is somehow also partly at fault. .
    Translated: you have no evidence and no facts to blame government, so when markets fail (which is common) or have results you don't like, you blame Big Gummit.

    The market evangelist brain on autopilot.

    As to McCain, it's somewhat hilarious that this conservative wants to interfere with cable's business model and thus interject regulation, only apparently, because it will win him some votes. It's further evidence of the incoherency of conservatism

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