Skip to comments.Cable in Crisis: Time Warner Drops Ovation,
Posted on 01/03/2013 10:51:27 AM PST by virgil283
"Real competition in the cable television industry is forcing change at long last. And we can thank the dawn of streaming content.
Time Warner Cable just axed the Ovation channel, and the cable giant threatens more channels may get trimmed in the coming months. But Time Warner Cable warns subscribers in an online notice today that theres no guarantee it will continue to carry several other channels whose contracts expire soon including mainstays such as E!, Lifetime, and Starz, and a bevy of international services ... Former Vice President Al Gores Current TV also remains in danger, although it survived a possible year-end purge. Other channels Time Warner Cable identified as being under review include Encore, Music Choice, News 12, NHL Network, ShopNBC, Smithsonian HD, and Style Network.
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Heretofore, I thought we were going to receive 600+ channels.
I doubt any cable company would drop ‘mainstays’ from their line-ups. Those are their money makers. That is just tough talk for the coming negotiations.
They should drop Current
They should drop Current
I believe content will go online, a la carte. People will pay only for what they actually consume. Cable and satellite companies are in the buggy whip business.
I think the concept of "channels" is becoming obsolete. People watch what they feel like off Netflix, Amazon Prime, or whatever, and do so when they feel like watching it, not when the "channel" decides to schedule it.
Geeez, and I so love to channel surf!
Time Warner announced they were dropping Current with the sale
I don’t watch 80 percent of what’s offered anyway, so I guess it would be good to pay for only what we want.
Intel is getting ready to rollout a-la-carte content.
They may hang on for a while.
It is rather like telephone companies and landlines. I noticed my ‘local’ phone book it about 1/2 the size it was 5 years ago.
Four years ago, I dropped my landline ($25/month) for cell (pre-paid averages me about $6/month).
I noticed recently that the landline company now offers local landline for $9 per month.
Cable has been lose customers nationwide, but they still periodically (like twice a year) raise their rates a few dollars.
Am glad that Time Warner Cable did one decent thing and dropped that sack of garbage Current TV..or should I call them the Al Jazeera Network..the other channels they are thinking about dropping I dont care about anyway
That is what DVR is for. We do need more memory for DVRs.
I like watching.Stop and start watching a bit later in another room.Or a few hours later. Doing this with multiple shows as the mood strikes you.Wife comes in stop watching your guy show,start watching your “couple” show. You go to answer the phone from work she watches her “chick” show for 10 minutes. Harder to do with streaming.
I don’t see sports moving away from premium cable channels either.
I’m still waiting for Verizon FiOS to drop Communist China TV
The problem is foresee with Intel offering cable TV is that it will be over the Internet.
Okay. Good idea.
Except: As cable companies lose TV income, they will up the prices on ISP/Internet service as it will take more bandwidth to deliver Intel’s content.
Of course, cellular could develop fast enough and become less expensive and more competitive. Right now, 5gb per month is about the maximum cellular service load. Anything over that increases cost significantly. Cable offers 200gb for about the same price.
that is what dvr’s are for, watch it when you want
Unfortunately, 150 are shopping Channels, 150 are religious channels, 100 are in languages no one understands, 50 are part time and 100 are the language of the invading Aztlan army...
That leaves about 50 most of us might want to actually watch.
I wouldn't mind paying half as much as I do now, and watch the 20 or so channels I actually want to watch regularly.
Thanks for the link—I’ve been wondering who would be first to take a shot at it in earnest.
ROTFL. All those shopping channels?
I thought we only had QVC and HSN!
Seriously, I agree.. I think my household likely watches 20 or fewer channels on a regular basis.
The upside is the death of leftist cable news. No one going to pay for MSNBC or CNN in their alcarte lineup.
Roku has already been there for sometime now.
When you do, you are in for such a treat. Best show on TV.
I wonder if there has been a REAL survey of the top ten channels people would remove from their cable bill.
On the other hand, Starz, Encore and Smithsonian HD would be missed (if they are there at all now.) Let the "special interest" groups pay for their no-life choices and let the rest of us pay for our special interests. Let's see whose choices overload the current cable and satellite rates.
I primarily watch “Antenna TV”, “Me TV” and the new “COZI TV” channel. All of them feature classic TV shows from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. I couldn’t tell you anything about programs on the broadcast networks.
Considering the apparent IQ of Americans, is it any wonder Ovation had not enough viewers?
I tend to put those on first to see their schedule.
Do you have a “happy marriage license”?
Or do you have an “I’m happy/She tolerates me” license?
How ‘bout the 35 infomercial channels in a row that Dish has on? If it weren’t for HDTV (wife) and the Food Network (I can’t get enough of Guy Fieri), I’d just get a set of rabbit ears and use Netfix.
"Dude" most likely knows more about how to make a relationship work than you do.
Been married 44 years .. to the same woman. MYOFB.
Hey, you want to go at it, fine by me. Just make sure you take off your apron first.
I love the smithsonian channel. but I am directv.
“Couple” shows != girlie shows. Shows the wife and I enjoy together include The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad.
More likely the threat of of Intel's product will finally allow cable systems to start dropping making stations..they can be made available via Intel's a la carte system..if they can find a way to be profitable.
I read recently that about 50% of cable subscribers don't use/or want..the ESPN channels...( which cable systems often now bundle in with a whole bunch of other sports channels) as a "sports package".thus they are directly subsidizing those who want sports.
Another problem/issue..about 15% of my cable bill is various taxes and other fees..what happens to those? Will various governments accept the considerable drop in revenue?
That would be fascinating, but seriously distorted. There are many more than ten that I have never watched, and couldn't recognize the call letters if you showed them to me. Perhaps ten times ten or more.
So my "top ten" would consist of the alphabet soup MSM, followed by professional sports channels, followed by soap operas and chick channels, "reality shows," wannabe entertainer shows, followed by exploitation shows, followed by shows like crab fishermen and "The dangerous world of accounting..."
I know, that's a lot more than 50 right there.