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sheepdog

I have always wished they would do something like that! I hate the way the packages are set up. The way it is set up now, we have to pay a lot more than we should because of one lousy station. I love the Sci Fi channel, and it comes with the cheapest package, but Hubby loves Fox News, and it's on the next more expensive program up. I really hate that. When times get lean, I really wish we had it down to $30 a month, cause one of these days, we will probably have to have it shut off. We actually watch very few channels. Neither of us give a hoot about sports. Shopping? You gotta be kidding! Since they don't sell dog food, who cares about shopping networks. It would be great if they would just let you pick your own package content, say they took the most popular channels and said you can pick so many from this group, and then so many from this group of the less popular ones, and we will give you all of these free (they are about going to have to give away those shopping programs or nobody would buy them and then they would loose advertising money) Every family is different and it would be a lot easier to budget for entertainment and keep everybody happy if you just had more choise of your channels.


AliciaBwDISH

I have always wished they would do something like that! I hate the way the packages are set up. The way it is set up now, we have to pay a lot more than we should because of one lousy station. I love the Sci Fi channel, and it comes with the cheapest package, but Hubby loves Fox News, and it's on the next more expensive program up. I really hate that. When times get lean, I really wish we had it down to $30 a month, cause one of these days, we will probably have to have it shut off.
We actually watch very few channels. Neither of us give a hoot about sports. Shopping? You gotta be kidding! Since they don't sell dog food, who cares about shopping networks. It would be great if they would just let you pick your own package content, say they took the most popular channels and said you can pick so many from this group, and then so many from this group of the less popular ones, and we will give you all of these free (they are about going to have to give away those shopping programs or nobody would buy them and then they would loose advertising money) Every family is different and it would be a lot easier to budget for entertainment and keep everybody happy if you just had more choise of your channels.


Sheepdog,

It sounds like a great idea for many reasons. Keep in mind however that channels such as shopping are included in the package at no additional cost, in fact most the time paid programming and infomercials keep programming cost lower. If a package was created for individual channels the network providers would have sufficiently lower subscribers resulting in them require an increase in cost per subscriber. It is still however a great idea and I am happy to pass it forward. Keep all your great ideas coming!

sheepdog

Well, that makes perfect sense, but there isn't any reason why you couldn't have say, a "base" with all the free stuff, and then let people choose the additional channels they want to go with it. Say for example break up the most popular channels into 4-5 different groups. Then say, for $25 per month you can pick 3 channels from group one, 5 channels from group 2 and 20 channels from group 3, and so on, and then go up in incriments, for $35 let them pick 5 channels from group one and 10 from group 2 and 25 from group 3, and so on. You could still have all your paid for special event and new movies that people can buy like they do now. You would want to have the groups put together with some serious thought, not only in popularity, but so people could get the ones they really wanted for not so much money. Like you would want to let them pick a fair size number of channels from the group that you put all the cartoon channels in, for familys with lots of kids and not much money. Keep the educational channels like History and Discover, and Nova in an affordable grouping too. Actually, you'd just make my day if you would put fox news and the Sci Fi Channel all in the lowest price package.



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