Thursday, July 14, 2011

Not How Competition Should Work

I believe that competition is a good thing in general. It pushes companies to improve their products and services, making things cheaper and more efficient. Yes, it means that those who can't compete end up being left behind. No one wants to loose money, or worse, their job. But for the future of everyone, it's a good thing.

That's why cable and television companies are bugging me lately. Some companies like Comcast have started data caps on their internet service, which means hefty fees or termination of service. Also, sites like Hulu don't get the rights to show certain shows or episodes, or can't show them until thirty days after airing. All of this because cable companies and others don't want to loose money from TV viewers in competition of the web.

This isn't the strive for improved services to beat the competition, this is more like underhanded schemes to hold on to their profits against competition. I wish something could be done, but I don't know what I could do about it.