The average British citizen can expect to pay around $248 per year for BBC programming. The average American pays ten times that or more. The difference is that in Britain television is considered a public utility and is regulated and priced as such, whereas here in the U.S.—even though the airwaves are technically owned by the public—television is considered a luxury to be paid for only through private enterprise; the more services you want, the more you have to pay.
Service providers see no limits on how much they can gouge paying subscribers for, and they’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that no limits are ever placed. That’s why ISPs may now gouge customers for Internet service with tiered packages, date use fees, up-charges, and so forth. It’s why cable and satellite television companies can get away with charging hundreds of dollars per month, thousands per year, and if you don’t like it good luck with local “free” television.
The FCC needs to crack down and regulate television and Internet as public utilities, and regulate prices so that we who pay for the services are not ripped off anymore.
About a year ago we did away with our direct tv bill. At first it was hard to change because there were shows we missed but now we have gotten quite use to it.
We bought two of Amazon fire tv sticks for our tvs they were about $35.00 each. Then we needed two antennas to get reception those two were $35.00 each as well. Now the Antennas are flat like a book they are no longer the rabbit ears we remember from years ago.
You can pay $9.00 a month for Netflix and you pretty much do not need anything else. We were paying $145.00 a month for direct tv which was quite expensive. It seems more and more people are ditching the high cost of tv and trying some of these alternative ways. It is called, “Cutting the Cord” and it feels really good.
We have spent $248.00 on tv…
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