Comments on: Like the ‘net? Pay your cable bill, says Time Warner’s Britt http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/12/01/like-the-net-pay-your-cable-bill-says-time-warners-britt/ Exclusive outtakes from industry leaders Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: There is some truth http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/12/01/like-the-net-pay-your-cable-bill-says-time-warners-britt/comment-page-1/#comment-1389 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 01:25:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=4250#comment-1389 There is some truth to Mr. Britt’s statement. There is always an underlying cost in providing services like phone and internet. Infrastructure is not a one time investment. Weather, people, accidents and technological advances drive the need to repair, replace and upgrade existing equipment and lines. The demand by consumers for top of the line speeds and reliability means a constant reconstruction of the systems run by cable, satellite and phone companies.It comes back to the fact that nothing is free. Verizon has spent much more money upgrading their infrastructure to fiber optic lines than they can expect to gain as a return from their FIOS service. They were able to do that because of revenue from other business lines like their home telephone and wireless services. At some point, someone pays for everything.The truth of the matter is that ISPs that are only ISPs have not been successful because of this. They cannot afford to keep rates competitive and keep up with technology. They need to have some other type of revenue stream to offset the costs. In Mr. Britt’s case it’s Cable TV.This is also a double edged sword because as more content becomes “free” online, network television stations will see lower viewer ship on pay services like cable and satellite. They will make less advertising revenue and will in turn pass on higher fees to cable and satellite companies to carry their stations to make up the difference.Someone is going to have to pay for the content you see online. There is the potential that free content online would be the end of pay services like cable or satellite. When the networks loose the revenue they get from these companies, they will need to make it up somehow. I would predict subscriptions to their websites and video feeds. The consumer will have to pay one way or another.

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By: Michael C http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/12/01/like-the-net-pay-your-cable-bill-says-time-warners-britt/comment-page-1/#comment-1386 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 23:37:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=4250#comment-1386 Free?!? Really? I have a years of high-speed Internet bills from TWC that beg to differ. How exactly does my $50 a month for HSI not pay for the cost of maintaining and improving the network? I’m sorry your cable TV business model is a dying dinosaur, but don’t tell me you’re not making money on HSI. I’ve read your quarterly earnings reports.

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By: name http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/12/01/like-the-net-pay-your-cable-bill-says-time-warners-britt/comment-page-1/#comment-1385 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 22:30:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=4250#comment-1385 Bravo “Oh really?”

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By: Oh really? http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/12/01/like-the-net-pay-your-cable-bill-says-time-warners-britt/comment-page-1/#comment-1383 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 19:56:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=4250#comment-1383 “If we didn’t get paid, the whole Internet would fall apart.” Since when have you been in so much control of internet infrastructure as to have the audacity to make such a notion. There is no “dependence” on free. It is a marketing tool to bring attention to the practicality of a good/service in order to hook a consumer into rationalizing a payment for it or to build a larger audience. The amount of times you mention “get paid” in here obviously sets your priorities to me, now how about putting yourself in our shoes. I pay ~$100 a month for cable plus internet. Tell me you “justify” the cost of that once the cable is already laid and you sit and collect. My payments don’t fluctuate down due to you having made your compensation for the investment you made. No, you steadily increase the price, and place limits on a service widely promoted as free. I see that after success in one field you are ready to move onto another until you nickel and dime every last product you have. I guess that is your business model, even though there is no real sign of disastrous loss to your company at the moment, aside from your fairytale nightmare that has a great possibility of not occurring. And since when has the “extreme” ever been a part of normal business convention? You would not even mention it if it did not bring your argument to such a good light. Look at the housing market and economy in general. Honestly, I would think that if you were truly managing the bottom line you would start from the top down and see how much over-compensation is being wasted when it could be going into paying the “we” in your company. “We” referring to the blue collar workers which you casually lump yourself together with.

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By: D. Glass http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/12/01/like-the-net-pay-your-cable-bill-says-time-warners-britt/comment-page-1/#comment-1377 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 17:52:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=4250#comment-1377 Unfortunately for Mr. Britt, the onus is not on the consumer to make a business model viable. If consumer behavior is not supporting the model you have developed, then it is time to develop a new one.

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