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  • Senator John McCain will introduce legislation shortly to overhaul the TV business by giving consumers the option to buy channels on an individual basis (a la carte) - instead of seeing only large bundles as options. The politician will face fierce resistance from broadcast (NWS, DIS, CMCSA, CBS, AMCX, SNI, OUTD, DISCA, VIAB) and cable companies (CVC, CHTR, TWC) but may have a friend in upstart Aereo which has been rankling a few feathers as well. (Aereo timeline[View news story]
    Even if the average consumer ends up paying close to the same amount you get great benefits: 1) more competition 2) more personal choice guided by the market wants and not by what the networks wants. As a practical matter, just because you have a lot of channels doesn't mean you have a plethora of choices. You only have one, and that is the bundle you choose. It is a binary event. Unlike an a-la-carte model.

    jumpnjoey77 is misinformed. This gives the consumer more choice which is always a goal of free markets. Networks could still bundle if they so choose. Either way the consumer determines what they want.
    May 9 03:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The iPad mini has gone on sale today, but without the long queues and frenzy that normally accompany the launch of a new Apple (AAPL) product. That's possibly because the specifications aren't as good as in the iPad, while the models on sale don't include the chips that support high-speed cellular Internet. Those are due in a couple of weeks. [View news story]
    Thank you for the welcome.

    For the record I'm not a fandroid (whatever that is). I just saw an open opportunity to make a snarky comment regarding the absurdness of counting how many stores we see with lines outside of them. Sampling error much? The discussion of Apple on this site (outside of the relevant news postings) is no longer investing based but purely speculative on both sides (but mainly the bullys); not to mention a healthy dose of rabidly emotional people who mistake themselves as investors (at least of the fold who make positive returns).
    Nov 2 04:09 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The iPad mini has gone on sale today, but without the long queues and frenzy that normally accompany the launch of a new Apple (AAPL) product. That's possibly because the specifications aren't as good as in the iPad, while the models on sale don't include the chips that support high-speed cellular Internet. Those are due in a couple of weeks. [View news story]
    "There were 1,000 people in line in Saskatchewan!"- Apple Drone
    Nov 2 09:57 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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