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Analyst: ISPs preparing to introduce usage-based billing

By Matthew · 20 replies
Nov 30, 2011
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  1. As cord-cutting becomes more difficult to deny, cable companies are seeking methods to preserve profits. According to a Bloomberg report, several major providers will soon introduce to adopt plans that…

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  2. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +13

    It takes me an hour to watch a 20-30 minute show, with ads interrupting every 10 minutes or so for 10 minutes.

    Then they wonder why no one wants to pay for cable.
  3. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    On what channel are you watching tv? Standard 30-minute shows are 22 minutes with 8 minutes of commercials. Hour-long shows are 42-3 minutes, plus commercials. Let's try not to be hyperbolic if we can help it, mmmk?
  4. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +13

    I only watch the Walking Dead on TV and that usually runs a straight hour.
  5. thatguyandrew92

    thatguyandrew92 TS Rookie Posts: 118

    Most hour long shows on tv only have about 42 minutes of of the show, with about 18 minutes of commercials.
  6. Cable prices are crazy for one. Every channel i want i have to buy a bundle of crap i dont want with it, and I dont think I should have to pay to watch commercials.
  7. Hopefully the upcoming competition from Google, Sonic.net, BPT and other fiber optic service providers will make them rethink that strategy.
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    And people made fun of me for downloading everything on the planet. I knew this day would come.
  9. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,702   +440

    Haha! xD no.1

    Share it with us pls pls.
  10. So instead of providing a better service or lowering cable prices so people stay, companies will charge more for using a service. This is why the Occupy movements are happening, companies tend to look at consumers as live stock and want to suck them dry, instead of providing services or goods that people want at a reasonable prices. One model is a giving model, give good services and your reward is profit, the other model is take as much money as you can from people while giving the least.
  11. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,273   +1,479

    I like this.
    I only use my roadrunner for a couple hours a night but the world is full of basement rats downloading 24/7.
  12. It is still better to pay for what you want to watch instead of 100 channels of garbage and most of what I watch is ad free.
  13. Muggs

    Muggs TS Rookie Posts: 56

    We can solve this problem just dissolve all the local monopolies that exist in this country. I would love to tell timewarner to take a hike but they are my only alternative.
  14. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 180   +10

    Why so harsh? some people just like the web more than you! That doesn't make said person a "basement rat", besides - no one should be FOR this. This is just extortion at it's finest, instead of charging more for **** why not just make a better product??
    Another user hit the nail on the head saying "Every time I buy a channel i have to buy loads I don't want" Hell if i could buy 4-5 TV channels for $20~30 a month i definitely would. All i watch is nick, cartoon network, AMC, Discovery. Why do i have to pay 89~100 just to watch these three channels? just for that reason alone i "Cut" my cable and watch my shows online now. I'm sure most people have those 5-6 channels they watch, cable providers could take advantage of this and charge like $3~5 dollars a channel.

    anyway sickbeard FTW!
  15. See the problem is they cap the little guy...If it was really about the large downloaders how about just knock them off...Like a cap of 500GB or something realistic...But no they will make a cap of 20GB a month and tell people that's plenty for normal surfing and we are just stopping the big downloaders..Bull Crap! These companies brain wash people into thinking that giving them less is some kind of benefit... Ahhh I remember the days when you actually got more over time not less..Seems like that's the way of the world anymore Give you less and less while charging you more but making you think things are better Wake up people resist all this BS!
  16. there is no bright side to this for the consumer. no one will see a drop in pricing.. the least you'll pay is what you are already paying... or more... plus whatever penalty the cable company wants to pile on you as 'overage'. we need more competition in the broadband world.
  17. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    Why is everybody complaining?. The airlines are doing to you on every flight and are raking in billions..

    Every corporation that thinks they'll get away with it, will follow suit.
  18. 20gb allowance ha.....game you download around 10-15Gb nowadays downloading blueray or HD content 10Gb+ so 1 game, 1 movie a month no online play or browsing the internet thats just for one person....say your household has 4 laptops, desktop and 2 gaming consoles outrageous......luckily im in uk with virginmedia 100Mb line truely unlimited but little traffic management in peaktimes on news groups and p2p. One day everyone will be able to connect to each other for free no isp required with no speed caps all service inc tv, internet, phone, mobile etc in one mass free network.....Ohhhh think i was daydreaming not a chance when there is profit to be made.
  19. penn919

    penn919 TS Maniac Posts: 273   +158

    This is really going to screw online gaming services especially OnLive.
  20. The ISPs that go forward nickle & diming customers may improve their bottom line in the short term, but ultimately it will be their undoing. It's a dying business model that no customers like. People want content without worrying about bandwidth & usage. Eventually a new competitor will deliver and wipe the field clean of the pestilence that is the baby bell telcos and archaic cablecos. In the meantime we will suffer so that CEOs can sit in their ivory tower pocketing millions for spewing crap out of their mouths.
  21. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    doing what? and by saying "every corporation thinks they'll get away with it, [and](i'm assuming this is what you meant, but your english isn't very good. correct me if i'm wrong) will follow suit", you are contradicting your own point.
    ie: every corporation think they'll get away with it, but by complaining and refusing their services we will stop that yes?
    Also, just because other corporations are ripping us off even worse, it DOESN'T mean that we can't complain. Regardless of how badly we are being ripped off, we are still being ripped off which gives us a right to complain.

    On the article:
    Switch to your local ISPs to put these greedy bastards out of business.

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