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Comment Re:Imagine (Score 1) 105

Except that's not a free market, it's a very tightly regulated market with very strict rules (and presumably very harsh penalties for breaking them). The only way you could have your utopian vision is to outlaw every other type of arrangement.

I suppose it's possible to have a very big, entirely vertically integrated company like Netflix create such a model and have it succeed and be copied. But none of those companies seem interested.

Utopianism leads to disappointment.

Comment Re:They'd need to (Score 1) 105

It completely depends on what you want to watch. You only mentioned 2 shows. Sling has AMC in their bundle and it costs $20/month. You can get an antenna and watch ABC over the air or sometimes watch the shows on the ABC web site. Playstation has both ABC and AMC in their $30/month bundle. Hulu might also have them for even less, but I don't know much about Hulu.

If you really only want to watch 2 shows, then they can be bought on Amazon or iTunes or lots of other places for a less than subscribing to any bundle. Xbox seems to have low episode prices. Or just pirate them. Or get a friend with cable to give you his login credentials and use them to access the ABC and AMC app -- but I haven't used either app so I don't vouch for them.

Any of these answers cost less than regular cable, which seems to go for about $40 and up.

Comment They'd need to (Score 1) 105

No one needs a $45 alternative to the same cable programming you can get for $44 from the cable company. If Apple can't negotiate a lower cost deal that's more customer-friendly, then there's no point in offering that content at all. It's too bad they didn't succeed. But Sling and PlayStation have less expensive OTT bundles already, and there are surely more coming.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 1004

I can predict he'll start isolationist trade policies

Which is just a lot of talk and not much else. A president isn't a king. He has to follow the law. Especially Trump, because he won't have allies in the press actively hiding information that might be bad for his administration.

that he'll prefer Putin to our historic allies

Like the current President prefers Iran over Israel and Cuba over the UK. But, again, mostly talk.

that he'll poison our relationship with Mexico

Our relationship with Mexico is valuable to Mexico. How valuable is it to us? Since Mexico has less to offer than the benefit they receive from our "relationship", they're hardly in a position to hold a grudge over some meaningless talk and the US deciding to secure the border.

that he'll cause a crazy debt default incident

Good. The last one of those helped slow down runaway spending. It was the end of the world for about a week though. I'm sure there will be a lot of pearl-clutching and dramatic gasping and head-shaking by people who think it makes them superior to the rest of us.

Is that sufficent?

I'm not panicked yet. Keep telling your stories though. It's fun to tell stories.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 1004

I'm tempted to grant you your wish to live under a Trump Presidency, where anyone who dares ask questions is told to shut up...or else! The only thing that is pulling me back from granting your your wish for this hell on earth is that all the rest of us would have to suffer right along with you

Why would it matter? The government seems to do almost the same thing regardless of who gets elected. Not much really changes. The other side always goes nuts and says the world's going to end if the latest Hitler (all Republicans) or Stalin (all Democrats) gets elected. The world never ends though.

Comment Why not? (Score 4, Funny) 1004

How else are we going to find out what people in our government are doing? Wait for the press to tell us?

If you want the press to uncover -- instead of helping cover up -- what the government is doing, you should support Trump for President. The press will actually investigate and report on a Trump Administration.

Comment Re:Always the same with Hillary... (Score 5, Insightful) 769

Because the press always lets her. Because anyone else would be gone after one or 2 times, but the Clintons keep getting a pass for scandal after scandal after scandal, always ensuring there will be yet another scandal in the seemingly endless list. Because the Democrats across the country lost so many elections in the past few years that there's no one else in the party with national stature who can mount a successful campaign. Because calling the other side "racist" is seen as an acceptable substitute for acting ethically or having any sort of thoughts on policy.

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