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Dec. 3rd, 2012 (UTC)

Yes, Comcast is cable.

The problem is that I have no actual interest in traditional TV. I'm not remotely interested in 140 digital channels. I watch all my entertainment on a projector-connected computer. The content comes to me digitally, so I don't actually need the extra hardware of a cable box or satellite dish. I watch my series through iTunes and through Netflix rental, which allows me to watch what I want, when I want, and pay for what I want to watch, rather than buying a package full of something useless to me.

I am more than happy to pay for entertainment that interests me, and I want to financially support great shows and the people who make them. But I'm not interested in buying bundles full of features I don't want or need, and I'm not interested in supporting the utility monopsony. However, as the market is currently structured, I have the choice of doing both, or doing neither.

Note that this exact same issue is a dilemma not just for me, but for essentially all my friends. We're all early-middle-aged, overeducated professionals who are also hardcore SF/fantasy fans and diehard ASoF fans. We're the sort of evangelists who tell everyone we know about the series (books and TV both).

And we don't have a lot of patience for the parasitic middlemen which constitute most of the traditional content distribution system. Granted, these middlemen were once an essential part of the ecosystem, but the need for them is greatly diminished in the modern era. Yet they persist, largely by controlling access to highly desirable properties like GoT, and bundling them with stuff that many of their customers just don't want.

What HBO needs to understand is that there are a lot of people who are in this position, and we are some of your most fanatic fans. They should want to give us what we want - it's in their direct short-term and long-term best interest.

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