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borgy
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Why am I paying for Prime and losing station

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      I cannot quit until October but after IFC disappeared, no BBC America, now no Sundance in Prime while I'm still paying an arm and a leg, i'm starting to look elswhere.  My son went to Roku and I have that and Apple TV.  My internet seems slowed down, I want to quit the land line and I'm paying more for less and less with inferior DVR programming than either Direct TV's or TIVO's.  I'm reaching a point of diminishing returns.  3 more months!  I might consider keeping DSL but my condo already has Directv as an option.  

   I just dont get the reasoning behind these package choices.  Why would they want to annoy a higher paying customer like this.  FIOS was really impressive when I first subscribed except for the primitive DVR programming, but lately it seems to be offering me less of what I want for more money.

    I know I'm whining here butthe trend does have me considering other options as never before. Of course these alternatives can also have their own troubles but at least my choices will be more in my hands.  I certainly cannot miss channels that Prime won't give me anyhow and going off the packages will get rid of all these ash and trash channels I never ever use.  I bet one day we will be able to subscribe to HBO Go, etc separately. I cannot imagine such uptions are not coming.

   FIOS does not need me certainly (I'm in the non-preferred Geezer demografic. The ones with discretionary income and a preferred demo living in the guest room.) but surely this kind of marketing will work against them in the future.  Maybe the MBAs know best because I certainly don't.

  OK.  I'm done whining.

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Until recently Prime was the lowest package.  So its not surprising it keeps losing channels.  Extreme is the one that is weird having more channels but missing some in the lower packages.

Bobbo527
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Because those stations keep increasing their subscriber fees thus pricing themselves out of the lower (i.e. cheaper) tiers. It's going to continue to happen. Just another reason for ala carte programming/pricing. Don't fool yourself about the "I'll move to directv" etc. they ALL do it, Verizon is not the only company moving/removing channels from it's various subsciber tiers.
borgy
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Yeah. I sure you're right. I guest that it's going to take some time for all the changes in ways entertainment is presented to shake down to some form of semi-stable predictability, if ever. For me the point of cost and trouble to obtain various services will decide to what I watch and subscribe as market forces work. I wonder if IFC and Sundance and many others will fare that well selling individually at higher prices, there's only one show on Sundance and occasional single shows on IFC that I'm interested in so for me they will now be never watched. Will they draw enough viewers to survive? Time will tell. Thanks for the input.
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