|Re: Cable TV Cost||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2021 17:04:19 -0700 (PDT)|
> On Sep 10, 2021, at 4:50 PM, jro1229 [at] cox.net wrote: > > The question has been brought up about members who do not watch TV (cable > outlets will be functional, no matter what). Should we offer the option to > opt-out of paying for cable TV, with the cost spread among the HOA dues for > the remaining households? If so, how do you deal with it? We also put in all the wiring for cable and internet connections in 1999. Internet service has been regularly upgraded—the latest when everyone started working from home and was desperate for reliable fast connections. It is included in the condo fee and everyone uses it except a couple of people who have a free modem included with their cable TV and telephone. Over the last few years we have also installed wireless routers in the CH so people can use the internet outside. Many individuals have installed wireless routers in units so they don't have to be linked to the wall to get service. We have a community password for our wireless routers so anyone can hook up. We have satellite TV in the CH (3 connections) that we were able to hook up initially because a few people shared the cost. When everyone got used to it and no one turned into Zombie, we were able to get consent to include it in the budget. All the units can use the satellite dishes. Or hook up to individual cable connections. We have some premium channels in the CH but not a streaming service. Those of us who have streaming services take our laptops and stream to the CH TV from them. We also installed old-fashioned roof top antennas for people who just wanted better reception. We are next to the train tracks so it can be difficult if a long train and your favorite program are on the same schedule. (I missed the ending of The Good Wife for almost a year until I gave up and got cable.) In general, the sense of the community is that we include everything in the condo fee — some use this and some use that but everyone’s experience is richer when things are available even if you only use them occasionally. But 20 years ago there were people who were adamantly opposed to even allowing TV in the CH, much less paying for it. I tried to do the same contract you have available at Cox but there were far too few people interested. We were going to take the contract but the divide the cost amongst those who actually used it. My hunch is that everyone would have paid in the end because it might feel weird not to if there were only 3-4 of them. But we had a lot of people who never watched or were perfectly happy with over the air broadcasts — and there are lot of those channels in DC and Baltimore. I think the all-in-together is the best way to manage costs. Otherwise, it divides people and raises suspicions about who uses without paying. It doesn’t feel good. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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