History Main / CableSatelliteMudslinging

27th Aug '16 3:03:32 PM faunas
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* [[https://youtu.be/QIgZHZpiq1U A '70s percursor to those cable/satelite ads]]: "pay TV"[[note]]what cable was then called[[/note]] vs "free TV"[[note]]i.e., over the airwaves[[/note]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban cable, as people shouldn't pay for what they already had for free and [[ScareEmStraight it would be another place where monsters appeared]]. With shades of NewMediaAreEvil, as well as the added bonus the ad was run in movie theaters. According to some commentaries, this bilge was successful in some communities up until the day [[MoneyDearBoy local governments discovered cable could be taxed]].

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* [[https://youtu.be/QIgZHZpiq1U A '70s percursor to those cable/satelite ads]]: "pay TV"[[note]]what cable was then called[[/note]] called, plus satellite (the scrambled ones) channels, for the most part, and those over-the-airwave pay channels such as e.g. [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wometco_Home_Theater Wometco Home Theater]][[/note]] vs "free TV"[[note]]i.e., those channels over the airwaves[[/note]].airwaves, which were originally, then mostly, free, and some by satellite (unscrambled)[[/note]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban cable, as people shouldn't pay for what they already had for free and [[ScareEmStraight it would be another place where monsters appeared]]. With shades of NewMediaAreEvil, as well as the added bonus the ad was run in movie theaters. [[note]]At the time, theaters got all the recently-released movies, while "free TV", which broadcast all TV movies, had to wait a couple of years before broadcasting them. "Pay TV" (supposedly) undercut the theaters because movie channels such as Creator/{{HBO}}, Creator/{{Showtime}} and others, which were the mainstays which lured costumers in the early years, shortened the period between their premiere and their first broadcast - which could become ''zero''![[/note]] According to some commentaries, this bilge was successful in some communities up until the day [[MoneyDearBoy local governments discovered cable could be taxed]].
23rd Jul '16 12:27:27 PM smittykins
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** In the mid-2000s, Time Warner ran a series of black-and-white ads featuring the Hardways, a family dressed in 1950s attire and using corded dial phones, record players, and a mid-80s MS-DOS computer. By the final commercial, the Hardways have switched to Time Warner and are now wearing contemporary clothes and using modern equipment, in glorious color.
7th Jul '16 2:27:34 PM faunas
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* [[https://youtu.be/QIgZHZpiq1U A '70s percursor to those cable/satelite ads]]: "pay TV"[[note]]what cable was then called[[/note]] vs "free TV"[[note]]i.e., over the airwaves[[/note]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban cable, as people shouldn't pay for what they already had for free and [[ScareEmStraight it would be another place where monsters appeared]]. With shades of NewMediaAreEvil, with the added bonus the ad was run in movie theaters. According to some commentaries, this bilge was successful in some communities up until the day [[MoneyDearBoy local governments discovered cable could be taxed]].

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* [[https://youtu.be/QIgZHZpiq1U A '70s percursor to those cable/satelite ads]]: "pay TV"[[note]]what cable was then called[[/note]] vs "free TV"[[note]]i.e., over the airwaves[[/note]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban cable, as people shouldn't pay for what they already had for free and [[ScareEmStraight it would be another place where monsters appeared]]. With shades of NewMediaAreEvil, with as well as the added bonus the ad was run in movie theaters. According to some commentaries, this bilge was successful in some communities up until the day [[MoneyDearBoy local governments discovered cable could be taxed]].
7th Jul '16 1:56:13 PM faunas
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* [[https://youtu.be/QIgZHZpiq1U A '70s percursor to those cable/satelite ads]]: "pay TV"[[note]]what cable was then called[[/note]] vs "free TV"[[note]]i.e., over the airwaves[[/note]]. It was a ScareCampaign which urged people to sign a petition to ban cable, as people shouldn't pay for what they already had for free and [[ScareEmStraight it would be another place where monsters appeared]]. With shades of NewMediaAreEvil, with the added bonus the ad was run in movie theaters. According to some commentaries, this bilge was successful in some communities up until the day [[MoneyDearBoy local governments discovered cable could be taxed]].
23rd Jun '16 4:04:03 PM IAmNotAFunguy
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* During the 2015 holiday season a Time Warner Cable ad featured a family that wanted more from their home Internet named --[[MeaningfulName The Moores!]]

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* During the 2015 holiday season a Time Warner Cable ad featured a family that wanted more from their home Internet named --[[MeaningfulName The Moores!]]Moores!]]
* A series of commercials in summer 2016 show an average family whose Internet provided by the cable company has just gone down. Apparently first thing after it went down the cable company went as far as to lock the family in their houses a-la ''Series/BigBrother'' because rather than use the time the Internet is down to go out and have some family time away from technology, the family is left panicking at home and with nothing to do, even going as far as to spy on the neighbors using their working Internet.
26th Apr '16 8:30:33 PM KYCubbie
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Cable is not an option for residents of rural areas not serviced by any cable company, rendering those ads pointless for them. The same is true of satellite ads shown to people renting from a landlord who doesn't allow satellite dishes or who have no clear view of the southern sky. Some markets require additional dishes to receive local stations or HD programming, presenting an additional hassle for satellite customers. Finally, satellite TV providers cannot provide phone and internet service the way phone and cable companies can, making it impossible for their customers to take advantage of triple-play bundles.

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Cable is not an option for residents of rural areas not serviced by any cable company, rendering those ads pointless for them. The same is true of satellite ads shown to people renting from a landlord who doesn't allow satellite dishes[[note]]though in the U.S., federal law forces almost all landlords to allow the small dishes used by [=DirecTV=] and Dish[[/note]] or who have no clear view of the southern sky. Some markets require additional dishes to receive local stations or HD programming, presenting an additional hassle for satellite customers. Finally, satellite TV providers cannot provide phone and internet service the way phone and cable companies can, making it impossible for their customers to take advantage of triple-play bundles.
bundles. This last point has changed in the U.S. since [=DirecTV=] was bought by AT&T in 2015.



** Nowadays it has evolved into an all-out bashing campaign from '''yoo''' (a Triple-Play service) against everyone[[note]]their main target is Telmex, Mexico's largest phone and internet provider, which can't offer cable TV services due to strange legal circumstances,[[/note]] except Sky (since both have deals with the same company), which backfired spectacularly for the same reasons as the ''I'm A Mac'' ads. They learned from that mistake, but their ads are still disliked because the main networks [[SpamAttack spam them during every commercial break.]]

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** Nowadays it has evolved into an all-out bashing campaign from '''yoo''' (a Triple-Play service) against everyone[[note]]their main target is Telmex, Mexico's largest phone and internet provider, which can't offer cable TV services due to strange legal circumstances,[[/note]] circumstances[[/note]] except Sky (since both have deals with the same company), which backfired spectacularly for the same reasons as the ''I'm A Mac'' ads. They learned from that mistake, but their ads are still disliked because the main networks [[SpamAttack spam them during every commercial break.]]
1st Mar '16 9:27:15 PM MsChibi
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The development of "triple-play" -- phone, TV and data in a cable connection -- might turn the tables on this practice sooner or later. Satellite has historically been far more expensive and less efficient for data and phone than wired services, at least in urban areas. Something else that has also begun to change the playing field is online viewing through services such as Hulu, Amazon Instant Video / Prime, and Netflix, leading many to ditch either cable or satellite entirely. Of course, this may just mean that the cable / satellite providers pursue the remaining market all the more aggressively.

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The development of "triple-play" -- phone, TV and data in a cable connection -- might turn the tables on this practice sooner or later. Satellite has historically been far more expensive and less efficient for data and phone than wired services, at least in urban areas. Something else that has also begun to change the playing field is (usually cheaper and more convenient) online viewing through services such as Hulu, Amazon Instant Video / Prime, and Netflix, leading many to [[TakeAThirdOption ditch either cable or satellite entirely.entirely]]. Of course, this may just mean that the cable / satellite providers pursue the remaining market all the more aggressively.
6th Feb '16 9:13:31 PM nombretomado
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* Even small companies in barely-relevant regions get to have this, as Alaska's two locals, GCI (primarily the cable company) and ACS (the privatized version of formerly-public phone utility company ATU, merged with Internet Alaska, the first non-AOL ISP in the state) both regularly trash each other in various commercials - ACS largely on price (they resell Dish Network as well), while GCI goes on and on about DS Snail - while using one of the cast of {{Frasier}} and his pet snail. And yes, GCI also uses the same reliability accusations that many national cable companies use - in spite of ACS being ''proven'' more reliable by studies by independents and funded by ''both'' companies... In spite of ''both using the same phone network''.

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* Even small companies in barely-relevant regions get to have this, as Alaska's two locals, GCI (primarily the cable company) and ACS (the privatized version of formerly-public phone utility company ATU, merged with Internet Alaska, the first non-AOL ISP in the state) both regularly trash each other in various commercials - ACS largely on price (they resell Dish Network as well), while GCI goes on and on about DS Snail - while using one of the cast of {{Frasier}} ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' and his pet snail. And yes, GCI also uses the same reliability accusations that many national cable companies use - in spite of ACS being ''proven'' more reliable by studies by independents and funded by ''both'' companies... In spite of ''both using the same phone network''.
5th Feb '16 9:54:26 PM nombretomado
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* Since Australian pay TV is practically just Foxtel, the mudslinging is between them and broadcast networks. Foxtel's [[AustralianRulesFootball AFL]] channel is advertised as being completely "ad-break free siren to siren", while many sport events on Seven (including the some AFL games) are broadcast with an on-screen graphic announcing that it's "live and free".

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* Since Australian pay TV is practically just Foxtel, the mudslinging is between them and broadcast networks. Foxtel's [[AustralianRulesFootball [[UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball AFL]] channel is advertised as being completely "ad-break free siren to siren", while many sport events on Seven (including the some AFL games) are broadcast with an on-screen graphic announcing that it's "live and free".
29th Jan '16 6:58:50 PM SmytheOrdo
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One of the things Americans don't notice, of course, is that cable companies don't go after each other. That's because cable companies will not wire an area if there's an existing cable operator, almost like a [[TheMafia mob]] staying out of another's territory. This is why the City of Los Angeles has 11 companies licensed to provide service anywhere in the city, but ''none of them'' operates in any area where there already is a cable company operating. So why step on the toes of someone who isn't actually a competitor? (The bigger cities have some competition, but the "overbuilders" are much smaller companies.)

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One of the things Americans don't notice, of course, is that cable companies don't go after each other. That's because cable companies will not wire an area if there's an existing cable operator, almost like a [[TheMafia mob]] staying out of another's territory. [[note]]This is a result of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, specifically the Cable Act.[[/note]] This is why the City of Los Angeles has 11 companies licensed to provide service anywhere in the city, but ''none of them'' operates in any area where there already is a cable company operating. So why step on the toes of someone who isn't actually a competitor? (The bigger cities have some competition, but the "overbuilders" are much smaller companies.)
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