No More Cable

Wesleyan is done with its contract with ComCast to provide Cable TV to students and isn’t renewing it, mostly because most of you now watch computers instead of TV. There will still be cable in lounges, but if you want it in your room next year you get it yourself. From campus-wide email:

Before proceeding with another 5 year commitment, we wanted to gather information regarding the number of TVs that students bring to campus as well as informally poll them on their TV viewing habits. We determined that less than 25% of the students bring a TV and that many prefer to watch their TV shows on computer… based on this data, we have decided to no longer offer Comcast Cable TV to Wesleyan students after May 31. After this date, any student who wishes to have Cable TV service will directly contract with a Cable TV provider to customize the channel lineup and pay for it directly.

…If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Fran Koerting at fkoerting@wesleyan.edu or G. Ravishanker at ravishan@wesleyan.edu

28 thoughts on “No More Cable

  1. Anonymous

    so it’s not clear. will there still be free cable in lounges of houses, both senior and program? what about apartments? i understand the logic about tv’s, but izaak is totally right that nubmer of tv’s definitely does not equal number of tv watchers.

  2. Anonymous

    so it’s not clear. will there still be free cable in lounges of houses, both senior and program? what about apartments? i understand the logic about tv’s, but izaak is totally right that nubmer of tv’s definitely does not equal number of tv watchers.

  3. Anonymous

    as a pre-frosh this is truly disheartening, talk about a downer, once you get into college they start changing things right away

  4. Anonymous

    as a pre-frosh this is truly disheartening, talk about a downer, once you get into college they start changing things right away

  5. Julien

    As an ex-member of the committee that passed this, I would like to clarify that the poll was conducted by RAs who were supposed to go door-to-door asking people and then who reported their numbers to ResLife. ITS has a fixed budget and I think it’s a pretty safe assumption that the money they save will not be given out as bonuses, so yes, it will be passed on to students. My opinion was that I’m happy to use my tuition to subsidize people socially watching TV in common areas, but don’t see why I or the University should be paying for people to watch TV in their rooms. If they want to, fine. This is a better deal.

  6. Julien

    As an ex-member of the committee that passed this, I would like to clarify that the poll was conducted by RAs who were supposed to go door-to-door asking people and then who reported their numbers to ResLife. ITS has a fixed budget and I think it’s a pretty safe assumption that the money they save will not be given out as bonuses, so yes, it will be passed on to students. My opinion was that I’m happy to use my tuition to subsidize people socially watching TV in common areas, but don’t see why I or the University should be paying for people to watch TV in their rooms. If they want to, fine. This is a better deal.

  7. Sam

    anon@4:10–No, I didn’t, because I think he had some good points. I was more specifically addressing anthony, who didn’t, and stating my personal view which is that we don’t need a basic cable subscription for everyone because from my perspective I don’t see the need. I have no problem that people disagree with me and no problem admitting that there are good arguments FOR keeping a universal basic cable plan.

  8. Sam

    anon@4:10–
    No, I didn’t, because I think he had some good points. I was more specifically addressing anthony, who didn’t, and stating my personal view which is that we don’t need a basic cable subscription for everyone because from my perspective I don’t see the need. I have no problem that people disagree with me and no problem admitting that there are good arguments FOR keeping a universal basic cable plan.

  9. Ben

    as someone who has subscribed to expanded basic both years i’ve been here, i don’t think it’s fair to implicitly charge so many people for a service that they’re not going to use. kudos to reslife and ITS for freeing us from comcast’s clutches and correcting this inequity. plus, they said that you can “customize the channel lineup”–sounds a lot better than paying $45 a month for a handful of channels you’re not going to watch.though the timing isn’t the best. figures that a couch potato like me will be here all summer without cable…

  10. Ben

    as someone who has subscribed to expanded basic both years i’ve been here, i don’t think it’s fair to implicitly charge so many people for a service that they’re not going to use. kudos to reslife and ITS for freeing us from comcast’s clutches and correcting this inequity. plus, they said that you can “customize the channel lineup”–sounds a lot better than paying $45 a month for a handful of channels you’re not going to watch.

    though the timing isn’t the best. figures that a couch potato like me will be here all summer without cable…

  11. Anonymous

    When did they do this poll? How? I definitely didn’t get asked.And like Izaak, I think they seem to not be noticing that people SHARE TVs, particularly in houses. We don’t need cable in every room, but they’ve gotta have something in the living rooms.

  12. Anonymous

    When did they do this poll? How? I definitely didn’t get asked.

    And like Izaak, I think they seem to not be noticing that people SHARE TVs, particularly in houses. We don’t need cable in every room, but they’ve gotta have something in the living rooms.

  13. Sam

    anthony: Give me one GOOD reason it’s ridiculous. It’s not the fault of the ResLife people if you choose not to respond to a poll–it’s not even like you had to go out of your way to do so. How ELSE do you propose the various parts of the school administration try to get a representative sample of the student body? It’s not like they made a spur-of-the-moment decision–and from what I can see they made the decision they did in large part because the cost was going to increase so drastically.I think it’s ridiculous that money was being spent to provide 75% of the campus with cable they’re not using. And how many people do you really know with TV tuner cards? I can’t think of one–it’s certainly not a significant percentage of the people on campus.I’m sure that ResLife is going to be doing their best to get good deals on cable packages as they said they were in the e-mail, and I’m sure that they’re going to do their best to offer an inexpensive basic cable package. Possibly we’ll get the savings passed on to us, possibly it will get used for something else–if it’s a concern to you, e-mail and ask.

  14. Sam

    anthony: Give me one GOOD reason it’s ridiculous. It’s not the fault of the ResLife people if you choose not to respond to a poll–it’s not even like you had to go out of your way to do so. How ELSE do you propose the various parts of the school administration try to get a representative sample of the student body? It’s not like they made a spur-of-the-moment decision–and from what I can see they made the decision they did in large part because the cost was going to increase so drastically.

    I think it’s ridiculous that money was being spent to provide 75% of the campus with cable they’re not using. And how many people do you really know with TV tuner cards? I can’t think of one–it’s certainly not a significant percentage of the people on campus.

    I’m sure that ResLife is going to be doing their best to get good deals on cable packages as they said they were in the e-mail, and I’m sure that they’re going to do their best to offer an inexpensive basic cable package. Possibly we’ll get the savings passed on to us, possibly it will get used for something else–if it’s a concern to you, e-mail and ask.

  15. Anthony

    this is ridiculous, you can’t make a judgment like that in an “informal” poll, no one (especially wes students) is going to respond. what are they going to do with the money that was allocated to this contract? what about kids who don’t have TVs but use it with tuner cards on laptops and monitors? Were they taken into account as using cable services?

  16. Anthony

    this is ridiculous, you can’t make a judgment like that in an “informal” poll, no one (especially wes students) is going to respond. what are they going to do with the money that was allocated to this contract? what about kids who don’t have TVs but use it with tuner cards on laptops and monitors? Were they taken into account as using cable services?

  17. Anonymous

    I don’t watch cable, but I would love me some hardwood floors.-Fauver resident

  18. Anonymous

    Ugh, my dorm STILL doesn’t have cable in it’s lounge, nevermind in our rooms. I would love cable in the lounge. It would also stop stupid dorm-choice prejudices. Then we could all stop calling Fauver residents privileged! Woooo!-a 200 Church resident

  19. Anonymous

    Ugh, my dorm STILL doesn’t have cable in it’s lounge, nevermind in our rooms. I would love cable in the lounge. It would also stop stupid dorm-choice prejudices. Then we could all stop calling Fauver residents privileged! Woooo!

    -a 200 Church resident

  20. Izaak

    I would be OK with this only if students get something in return; i.e. less expensive housing costs. also, that 25% number is not a good number to base things on – 25% of my house brought a tv to school, but 100% of us watch it.

  21. Izaak

    I would be OK with this only if students get something in return; i.e. less expensive housing costs.

    also, that 25% number is not a good number to base things on – 25% of my house brought a tv to school, but 100% of us watch it.

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