Discuss: Time Warner and Comcast Merger

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August 29, 2014 at 06:02:26
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Netflix has petitioned the FCC to block the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner. Discuss here if you think these two cable giants should be allowed to merge, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks,
Justin


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#1
August 29, 2014 at 12:44:36
The merger would create a monopoly.. I had Comcast when I lived in Florida. I really didn't like it. Now I'm a satisfied FIOS user once again.

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#2
August 30, 2014 at 22:51:05
These mega-mergers are probably OK until they produce sentient offspring that THREATEN ALL OF HUMANITY with terminator-like dedication to our destruction.

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#3
August 31, 2014 at 02:20:24
We have a cable television monopoly here in Australia and it sucks.

The content is repetitive and more ads than you can poke a stick at. The pricing is exorbitant, I was paying $100+ AUD per month for the luxury in a single room.

The fiber broadband network that was being built was scrapped when the new government came into power.

It was welcome news when there were reports of netflix penetrating the Australian market. For those unfamiliar with geoblocking circumvention techniques it would provide an alternative other than free to air tv. Unfortunately a huge majority won't be able to take advantage because of insufficient bandwidth, especially during peak periods.

I can't help but think there is a connection between the two.

The Australian government is now focused on us being the biggest illegal downloading nation in the world with tough measures being implemented.

We need competition here. I hope others don't find themselves in our unfortunate situation.

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#4
August 31, 2014 at 16:39:39
I guess that I'm lucky to not care about movies & most television shows. The internet is my main interest. The only way to win against cable providers is massive boycotts. They would certainly change their ways, if millions of people per day, called to cancel. Boycotts are more powerful than voting.

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#5
September 4, 2014 at 09:48:49
They would certainly change their ways, if millions of people per day, called to cancel. Boycotts are more powerful than voting.

Amen that!

We need to do this with the oil companies. I'm so tired of them screwing us over! For the life of me, I can't understand why billions of $$$ a year in profits isn't enough and they have to have trillions!?!?!? The old, "don't buy gas for a day" routine just makes them laugh at you. They KNOW you'll be back the next day.

I heard an idea that would work though if you could get everybody on board. Pick an oil company and everybody stops buying from them until they drop their prices significantly. (ie: not 10 cents a gallon, more like $2.00/gallon) Then once you start buying from them and not the other oil companies, the rest would drop their prices accordingly.

But, you can't ever get people to think logically and use reason.

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I have no idea how much money the cable company lost but they tried to hold out for about a year. In the end, they dropped their prices to a level competitive with the ADSL providers.

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#6
September 4, 2014 at 13:31:31
Curt R: Pick an oil company and everybody stops buying from them until they drop their prices significantly. (ie: not 10 cents a gallon, more like $2.00/gallon)
Fun Fact: Gas stations will freely and openly buy from a competitor supplier if they can deliver it cheaper. No one cares since it's all the same product while it's in the pipe system.

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#7
September 4, 2014 at 14:08:40
Whatever did happen to that water powered car that was all the talk some years ago?

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#8
September 4, 2014 at 16:13:09
Not to lose the topic but I will say two quick things on the oil thing. One is that the oil companies try to crush alternatives to gasoline powered cars.

The other thing is that these days, the gas is all the same except for the additives. Let's say that I drive a tanker truck & today I have to deliver to Sonoco. When I fill my truck, I choose Sonoco additives. I've spoke to the guys who drive those trucks. They were always happy to answer my questions.

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#9
September 4, 2014 at 19:47:02
Several sources say oil companies make a little less than 10 cents on each gallon sold. That of course is not the sole source of their profits but it does indicate they're not really gouging us. There's not much leeway there for lowering their price unless they want to sell it at a loss. The price of crude is set by the commodities market, not the oil companies. We insist on buying oil from the most unstable parts of the world (Hey Obama, how about that Keystone pipeline?) so everytime some nut starts problems in the mideast the price goes up. Then there's federal and state taxes over which the oil companies have no control.

Even gas stations, most of which aren't owned by the oil companies, don't make much from gas. Virtually all have turned into minimarts and get most of their revenue from that.

Everyone would like gas prices to drop but it's more complicated than just blaming the oil companies

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#10
September 10, 2014 at 13:18:29
I have been a Dish Network customer for many years minus 1 year. Last year I switched to a bundle with Direct TV and at&t. at&t told me I would be paying less. I was for a few months then the price went up. at&t blamed direct and direct blamed at&t worse nightmare. So this year I got my taxes and spent most of it ending the contract with direct. I come back to dish they gave me a $200.00 gift card to use towards ending the contract. So far with dish they haven't gone up and as far as their refer a friend to get $50.00 off each friend I have tried but most of my friends have Dish or don't want to change. I wonder how it is with direct now that at&t bought them. And at&t has U-Verse IP TV what's going to happen with that now that they own direct?

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#11
September 10, 2014 at 15:43:52
I still have free over-the-air tv with my converter box. It works out. There's only a finite number of hours a day a human can watch tv so what do I need with thousands of channels and movie downloads?

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#12
September 10, 2014 at 18:17:23
I have an outside Antenna also alone with my Dish. The thing is I live 60 miles from the networks so there is some days the stations don't pick up. I kinda miss analog TV because the picture would get snowy sometimes but with the digital either you get it or you don't.

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