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srufolo1
srufolo1
2/3/2017 7:03:22 PM
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Re: Are Reports of Pay Tv's Death Exaggerated
@Joe Stanganelli Not so much that satellite dishes are an eyesore, although I don't really like how they look, but that I've heard so many horror stories about them not working properly in bad weather.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
2/3/2017 6:52:54 PM
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Re: Are Reports of Pay Tv's Death Exaggerated
@faryl: Sounds to be like a horrible marketing tactic on AT&T's part, not to mention highly unethical. I've been a subscriber to AT&T for many years, and this luckily has not happened to me.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
2/3/2017 6:45:17 PM
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Re: Are Reports of Pay Tv's Death Exaggerated
@Joe Stanganelli: Homeowners' associations exert far too much control over what people can and can't do in my opinion. I belong to one and we are not able to get FIOS, only Optimum.

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Ariella
Ariella
2/1/2017 10:40:33 AM
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Re: Are Reports of Pay Tv's Death Exaggerated
@Joe we are taxed in other ways, it's true, thogh in general they likely pay more in the UK than many Americans do. See  https://www.gov.uk/income-tax-rates/current-rates-and-allowances and https://www.irs.com/articles/projected-us-tax-rates-2016  However, things are complicated by where you live here. I don't know if there is the equivalent of a state income tax there as we have here. And in NY the amount is substantial. So even though we don't have a federal rate that top 40%, you can come up to that with yout state tax. Another thing to factor in is sales tax, which also varies a great deal by location. I believe Europe has the VAT instead, but I'm not sure if the amounts on that vary and what exemptions exist.

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Ariella
Ariella
2/1/2017 10:35:07 AM
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Re: Are Reports of Pay Tv's Death Exaggerated
@Adi Thanks again for providing the info. It does make me wonder if people have tried smuggling in television sets to avoid being tracked if the governemnt depends on store records. 

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Michelle
Michelle
1/31/2017 7:37:29 PM
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Re: Are Reports of Pay Tv's Death Exaggerated
@elizabeth You've perfectly illustrated my thinking on the topic. You're right about self control. It plays a major part in spending. Some shows are neat but I wouldn't want to pay  $15 a month to access the one thing I really want to watch...

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/31/2017 7:30:55 PM
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Re: Are Reports of Pay Tv's Death Exaggerated
@Michelle - I agree, too many OTT services could quickly make cord cutting a non sequitur. I suppose self-control really has to pay into it. And once you get into the smaller ones you should really ask yourself if it's worth it to pay X amount of dollars for the one TV series you're trying to get access too, or is there another way? Maybe you can find that series on DVD at Goodwill? Or some other route. Monthly fees don't have to be the answer, but if you get caught up in the fun of it, I could see people letting it get out of hand. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/31/2017 7:27:07 PM
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Re: Are Reports of Pay Tv's Death Exaggerated
@Joe - I have no idea of the accuracy of the claims, but I saw something that said the other day that each individual tax payer is only paying like $4 a year for access to NPR/PBS. At that rate, I think it's worth it. But then you can always just donate to them too if you like. I just hope the end of Federal funding doesn't spell the end for PBS/NPR. 

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Michelle
Michelle
1/31/2017 7:26:49 PM
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Re: Are Reports of Pay Tv's Death Exaggerated
I didn't realize Britans paid a mandatory licensing fees. I don't think I would like that very much myself, but you're right -- we do get taxed in many other ways.

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Michelle
Michelle
1/31/2017 7:22:08 PM
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Re: Are Reports of Pay Tv's Death Exaggerated
I would be interested in seeing that data myself. I could see how viewers might make the way back to cable. The cost of many a la carte streaming channels adds up.

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