Craig Birkmaier wrote: > > Consumers are only the losers if they're coerced to pay. > > They are not. There's no gun to anyone's head. This is > > just entertainment, for heaven's sake. > > I am not coerced to drive either...it is simply a > necessity like electricity, water, telephone and cable > (or DBS). You are mixing apples and oranges. Certainly, real utilities, such as power and sewage, are heavily regulated by local governments precisely because they are necessities, yet must be local monopolies. Cable, especially, is a luxury that a huge percentage of the population demand. Hence, "inelastic demand," and these local monopolies can set their rates as they please. Their only competition is two DBS services, which are not exact replacements for cable service anyway. > I do not have much control over the cost of my car > insurance You have lots of choice in car insurance. That's what keeps prices competitive. Not true for cable. You also have lots of choice in which supermarket you buy food. > The only valid thing in your post is the reality that > the pricing for multichannel TV is not so high as to > cause people to reject the value proposition. This is really very basic economics, Craig. If there is not natural regulatory mechanism to keep prices down, such as adequate competition, and if people are willing to pay, then the price will and should go up. It's supposed to work that way. Ideally, more competitive businesses will then emerge, such as subscription TV over IEEE 802.16. > Or another way of saying this is that even at these > ridiculous prices, cable and DBS are still a better > value than OTA the OTA TV proposition. All you said here is that the price reflects the value of the product to you (and may others). By definition, then, that price must be right. Just like the outrageous salaries of pro athletes are also right. If you are paying those prices, for such non-essentials, then you are creating the problem you complain about. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.