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Windows 7: Why is broadband so expensive in the US

29 Oct 2013   #21
Lady Fitzgerald

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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.
Different strokes for different folks.
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29 Oct 2013   #22
AmericanPharaoh

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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.
For me, I grew up with TV commercials. So, I guess I'm just used to them always being there. Ever saw the Movie Demolition Man, were commercial songs are their favor music. LOL

Don't know how TV is setup in Europe, but I'd imagine by having all those small countries so close to one another may be the reason it is like that. Group discount.

I guess they have their own satellites and can link with ours. Although, I never studied this subject.

If you learn Farsi and Arabic, you'll have forty more commercial free channels!

John
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29 Oct 2013   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The advantage of having TV from many countries is that you can get perspecives on current issues that come from different angles. Thus you are not stuck with what one goverment allows them to broadcast.

Europe has many countries but it is not small and the EU alone is 500 million people - if only their goverments could agree on a common direction. With the history of those 27 countries that is not easy - especially with the Brits.
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29 Oct 2013   #24
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

quite so.
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29 Oct 2013   #25
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

U-Verse isn't all that bad as when it was first put out there, 84.00 Internet and t.v. no land line,
Cell is on the chopping block 79.00/ which not allot of options there= Verizon or at&t which Verizon is on the high side but more data...
HD quality is very good now the boxes come preset on 720 so as soon as I switched to 1080 it was better than what Dish network had plus no more storm outages,
Price wise I saved quite a bit over what Comcast had and the plus there is not dealing with Comcast Priceless
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29 Oct 2013   #26
AmericanPharaoh

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The advantage of having TV from many countries is that you can get perspecives on current issues that come from different angles. Thus you are not stuck with what one goverment allows them to broadcast.

Europe has many countries but it is not small and the EU alone is 500 million people - if only their goverments could agree on a common direction. With the history of those 27 countries that is not easy - especially with the Brits.
What I meant when I said small countries was their size as in square miles in area, and not population. I do realize Germany is packed with a population of over 82,000,000 and is about the same size in square miles as the US state of New Mexico. I lived in Darmstadt, Germany for nearly 3 years. But, that was a long time ago. Oktoberfest was fun!

I watch BBC channel often, like their news and movies. I don't have HBO, but Downton Abbey is really good. Saw the first 2 seasons in Comcast On-Demand. Still waiting for season 3 to pop up there.

John
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29 Oct 2013   #27
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Wolfgang I wish the US had free commercial-free channels with watchable, entertaining content. We have C-SPAN and occasionally NASA TV. C-SPAN is or was live feeds from Congress, not fun at all.

I suppose I'm more or less average in TV habits. When commercials come on my eyes glaze over or I go get a snack. I suspect if these advertisers knew how little their expensive content is ignored there would be changes.

One unique exception, I like to watch the Super Bowl only for the new and sometimes very funny ads, I don't like football. I do now have a DVR so I can forward through ads with recordings.

The answer to the title....they are greedy <expletive deleted>.
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30 Oct 2013   #28
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Seams to me that Broadband is quit reasonable in the UK, SKY do a free Broadband and its about 2MB line.

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30 Oct 2013   #29
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
As the previous poster says - the Cost of Broadband in most places in the UK where there is reasonable competition - particularly between Virgin and SKY you can get some good deals and UNCAPPED -- as I've pointed out there's no point in having the fastest broadband on the planet if your CAP is about 5 mins worth of an HD MOVIE -- don't forget it's not just DOWNLOADS that consume bandwidth but things like STREAMED services (NETFLIX, SKY GO etc) also consume just as much as downloads too.

The main problem with the UK is that if the courts can get an order at the drop of a hat to BLOCK sites there won't be soon be any sites apart from Govt services to log on to. The UK will soon have a more restricted service than China or N Korea !!!

Here's another 20 or so sites that are being blocked in the UK - some of these aren't even "classical Torrent sites" but are getting refused access just because some Movie / music companies think they *Could* host copyright material !!!!.

From the BBC : BBC News - ISPs told to block 21 pirate sites

Mind you takes about 2 secs to bypass - but still shows what Govts are REALLY after - not per se the blocking of these sorts of sites - but eventually ANY site they don't like - probably will give a bovine reason like National Security. By allowing the courts to have a go at these sites the UK Govt is testing the water for a BIG attack later on sites IT wants to block.

I'm sure in the USA the Federal Govt is probably looking at this with interest too --just because it happens in ONE country doesn't mean it won't happen elsewhere.


Cheers
jimbo
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30 Oct 2013   #30
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I forgot to mention I have Comcast too. they had proposed a cap too but at 250GB per month. they have suspended it for the time being.

I hope the tough police don't rise up here too.
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