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Now TiVo's monkeying around with the idea:<br><br>link-o<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>The company confirmed late Monday that it released the first in a series of advertising features to a random and limited number of subscribers to the digital-video recorder service. The first test feature--a tag--pops up on the screen when a viewer is fast-forwarding through an advertisement.<br><br>If viewers press the thumbs-up or select button during the half second the tag is displayed, they will be redirected to a menu that leads to more information about the advertised product. The tag takes up about 25 percent of the screen, according to the company. TiVo said it is working with only one advertiser, a movie studio, on the trial balloon<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>[color:red]5.19.05 - The 'Jedi Slaughter' tour begins!</font color=red>
I know what you're saying, but that makes me wonder. For basic cable in Tucson you pay about $40/month. If you want the "extended" service its another $10-15 per month and that doesn't necessarily include channels that aren't already supported by commerical spots (e.g. HBO, which you'll pay even more for). So you're spending around $50 a month for stations that are already supported by commercial advertising. So where is my $50 going, you're not going to tell me that all that is going to just infrastructure maintenance? $600 per year per household?? <br><br> And why would it cost any more at all for additional commercial channels?<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>So where is my $50 going, you're not going to tell me that all that is going to just infrastructure maintenance? $600 per year per household??<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>Why not? Isn't that the business plan of every so-called service provider in the "service economy"? It has less to do with costs and everything to do with profit. <br><br>
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The cost per channel fees will just increase. <br><br>For instance, everyone who has cable or satellite is subsidizing ESPN...Disney charges something like $2-$3 a subscriber. <br><br>Once people start fast-forwarding all the time, they'll just raise the price of the programming. <br><br>Or, they'll put the ads within the shows themselves. <br><br>"House..how are we going to save this girl? Well; she's not responding to new extra-strength Advil, now in a non-drowsy version for all your pain relief needs, so we'll have to do something else..."<br><br>
[color:blue] you're not going to tell me that all that is going to just infrastructure maintenance? $600 per year per household?? </font color=blue><br><br>Yep thats about right most if not all is for infrastructure and maintenance. Really the cream on their cake is advertising dollars.<br><br>Most cable guys are in some kind of union, not sure what they get paid ?<br><br>But I do know what I pay for a Union Carpenter = 75 bucks an hour<br>28.50 and hour base pay<br>add Annuity <br>add Union dues<br>add medical<br>add 6% profit to the contractor<br>= 75 bucks an hour<br>Keep in mind that the Carpenter still only gets the 28.50 from which he pays his taxes and his share of medical, Annuity and so on - whats passed on to the consumer is the companies share of those cost.<br><br>Now as for cable guys I don't think they make that much but I bet the cable company shells out at-least 50 bucks an hour for each employee thats union.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Or, they'll put the ads within the shows themselves. <p><hr></blockquote><p>Heck, they already do! Did you watch any of the early NCAA tournament. All it took was a stopped ball and they would bring up "extra-strength Advil's stats of the half". <br><br>That tournament in particular is maddening it is so bloated with commercials. I made sure not to watch any of those games completely live because it would take so many hours out of my day waiting for the commercials. It has definitely become much worse in the last ten years or so.<br><br><br>
Ok, I'll believe what you say because I don't know enough about it to say anything different, but.... tell me this. Why is it that if you want one of those "premium" or "extended" packages with more channels (not the HBO, Cinemax, etc.) that you have to pay $10-15 more per month? Those channels get their revenue from commercial advertising.<br><br>I am naive about carpentry and unions, but I am quite sure it does not cost the cable company any more money to send me 40 channels down the line than 30 channels. So who is getting that extra money? I'm guessing its pure profit for both the cable company and the stations. So, why do I have to watch their commercials AND pay for the channels??<br><br>
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