|No-body's "Winning" now...|
Customers and advertisers
both lose on blocked cable.
Hawai'i Oceanic Time Warner cable is in negotiations with the local ABC affiliate KITV. Last Monday(July9,2012) at 11:59 P.M. KITV blocked their signal to Time Warner cable affecting approximately 300,000 plus viewers statewide because the cable company says KITV wants too much money to broadcast their signal. Ironically just two weeks prior Hearst Television, the parent company of KITV said, "blackouts are unfair to customers."
What is the cable company thinking? What is KITV thinking? What is KITV doing to calm their advertisers down for loss of viewership? Why would a cable company want to alienate half the State's population?
Every month when my cable bill arrives I am always alarmed at a new charge for something. One special has expired and another special went up, while they now charge for what was once free. At this time in history for the cable company's to be raising prices is ludicrous. Ludicrous because 99% of all network shows are available via streaming on the Internet for free.
My cable bill is outrageous and Oceanic cable cannot even guarantee me a major network TV station? The same station can be picked up with a rabbit ear antenna if you live within broadcast range.
It's time to tell Oceanic Time Warner were not gonna take it! There's always Direct TV, Dish, Hawaiian-tel, Netflix and the Internet. The cable companies unlike many commodities inclusive but not limited to the VCR, DVD, digital camera's, microwaves , etc, have all come down in price after the novelty and newness dissolves. It's time the cable companies lower their premiums or go broke in the new world of live streaming.
Remember just about any 8 year old can connect a HDMI cable from the family computer to your TV and start live streaming unlimited shows, newscasts, sporting events and movies for free from the Internet right onto your TV screen.
Wake up cable company or you may be blocked out yourselves very soon from the very viewers your abusing right now.
This blog also appeared as an opinion article in the 07-15-12 edition of the Kauai Garden Island news, "Wake up cable company..."