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Windows 7: Why is broadband so expensive in the US

29 Oct 2013   #11
whs
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Always love to see the euro/ dollar conversion
huh?
The Euro/Dollar conversion rate is not yet critical. It will be critical once you can buy 1 doallar with 1 Cuban Peso.
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29 Oct 2013   #12
boohbah

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i think my point went over heads,
25 is what i pay for 160mb ,
just so happens 25 is $40 .

my point was that the graph in the OP is not accurate as it shows less than 20mb for $40 /25 for london.

when i get 8 times that amount for $40 /25s, making the london/Uk graph figures wrong.
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29 Oct 2013   #13
ThrashZone

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
i think my point went over heads,
25 is what i pay for 160mb ,
just so happens 25 is $40 .

my point was that the graph in the OP is not accurate as it shows less than 20mb for $40 /25 for london.
No I didn't miss your point.
But you missed the dollars depreciation against the euro which was my twist on your example.
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29 Oct 2013   #14
ThrashZone

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Always love to see the euro/ dollar conversion
huh?
The Euro/Dollar conversion rate is not yet critical. It will be critical once you can buy 1 doallar with 1 Cuban Peso.
LOL that's why I love seeing the conversions,
Thanks for that reminder
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29 Oct 2013   #15
boohbah

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only thing is,
my conversion is GBP/dollars not euros
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29 Oct 2013   #16
AmericanPharaoh

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I use Comcast. My bundle is $141.44. This includes digital Preferred package with about 250 channels. Approximately 100 channels are in HD. Don't watch the lower resolution channels much, many of the old movies are fuzzy there. My Internet speed is 28 Mbps, plus.

Every 6 months, I call Comcast and tell them I'm thinking of leaving and going to ATT for my service. But, if they can offer a better deal than ATT, I will stay with them. So, I actually end up paying $95.63

Not sure if my service is capped. I don't download many movies anymore. Instead, I subscribe to Netflix for under $10.00 per month. Where I stream many HD movies to watch. I also have a DVR which Comcast provides and record most anything I what to watch later. Or use On-Demand and there is a lot on there, too.

With all of it, it is far more than I could ever watch.

So, it's about $30 for Internet, about $40 for TV and $25 for equipment and taxes. I don't feel these amounts are overpriced. Actually, it's quite reasonable.

Final thought, were some things are more expensive in the US, the same is true for many things costing less here than in other countries.

John
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29 Oct 2013   #17
whs
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How many of your 250 channels are totally without commercials.
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29 Oct 2013   #18
AmericanPharaoh

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
How many of your 250 channels are totally without commercials.
Probably none. And I don't pay for premium channels, such as, HBO, Showtime, etc. Some channels have more commercials than others. That said, commercials really don't bother me, I use the free time to go to the can, grab a bite to eat, or post a comment here to you good folks.

I can never sit through an entire movie. If it's a DVD, I usually pause it several times, so I can do other things. Same goes with Netflix's. I also have a 1500 DVD movie collection. One of my computers has 150GB of music, and about 700GB of Blu-ray movies. On my home network, I right-click and select "play to" my Blu-ray home theater system. So, you see I have a lot of choices, if I don't want to be bothered with interruptions.

I was not too long ago we only had 7 TV channels on a set of rabbit ears. No computers, no cell phones, no high tech stuff. Did a lot of reading and listening to the radio in those days. I'm retired now, for more than 10 years. So, things are much slower than it used to be. Many of the commercials are actually funny and are good entertainment.

John
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29 Oct 2013   #19
Lady Fitzgerald

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnsmith45jock View Post
...commercials really don't bother me, I use the free time to go to the can, grab a bite to eat, or post a comment here to you good folks. ...Many of the commercials are actually funny and are good entertainment.

John
I feel the same. Sadly, obnoxious commercials are increasing. One advantage of commercials, beside the fact they are paying for our entertainment, givesa break to do important tasks (such as pit stops), and can be entertaining, is they inform us of new products and services.
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29 Oct 2013   #20
whs
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Commercials are the ultimate pest. I never watch a channel that has commercials (except CNN Europe and Al Jazera in English which are 'mild'). In my German setup I have appr. 100 commercial free channels of which I use 40 from 7 different countries. There are a lot of channels from more countries but those are in e.g. Farsi or Arab languages.
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