VERSUS back on DTV / FCC closes CSN Loophole
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03-19-2010, 09:12 AM
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: St. Andrews
Originally Posted by
Bernie Parent 1974
OK, so you admit that this happens:
Now, now, Bernie, we addressed you being dishonest in your quotation practice in the previous discussion. My "ordinary person" had absolutely nothing to do with your whiny hypothetical customers. Shareholders...you should look into what they are, and what rights, expectations they have from companies.
a Comcast customer moves from Philly to a new city:
has comcast cable, internet , phone
has watched CSN from his home town for years
cannot get CSN from his home town on Comcast Cable in the new city.
he is not a customer of any other company besides comcast.
if he was originally from another city, he'd have other options [with competitors] = unequal treatment.
He has the ability to get Center Ice, MLB Extra Innings, etc. like everyone else if he wants to watch games. Moreover, the key element you've missed throughout this is that these are not the same decisions city-to-city. Where Comcast has had the option to withhold these channels (as other companies have done) they've withheld them, where they haven't had that option the channel has been made available.
In every single city Comcast acts with the exact same logic: what is best for them. So, if they're operating with the same logic in each an every city, they're treating all of their customers fairly...
Of course, the real kicker is your final line...you think they should be facilitating the creation of customers for other companies.
Please find an example of a business that operates that way in America.
(Note: It certainly isn't DirecTV, or they'd be making NFL ST available.)
but don't like what will happen if Comcast changed this on their own, instead of having the FCC force them.
OK, I can live with that.
Bernie...I don't care what Comcast does. I'm just trying to explain to you why it's idiotic to castigate them for doing what they've been doing. If Comcast was doing what you're suggesting they should have been doing, it would have been hurting their company.
As your well aware since you noted that this FCC decision is expected to cost Comcast 450,000 customers.
Do I think Comcast is a "bad guy" in this for attempting to hold onto 450,000 customers? No.
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