by Mike Masnick

Bundling Up To Catch The North American Couch Potato

from the too-lazy-to-churn dept

A new study suggests that telecom, technology, games and entertainment companies take a closer look at the practice of bundling. Bundling different services together, so that the combined offering is at a slightly lower price than all of the services offered individually is already catching on in some areas - with cable companies trying to offer bundles of broadband internet access, cable TV and VoIP phones. The nice thing for consumers is that (a) it's cheaper and (b) it's simpler. Everything is on one bill, and there's only one annoying company to deal with when things go wrong. Of course, there are some downsides (usually the fact that the one company in question is quite annoying). However, the study points out that bundled customers don't churn. They don't switch to new providers nearly as often as those on single service plans. While it's easy to switch your long distance phone service - people think twice if switching your long distance phone service also means switching your TV system and getting a new broadband setup. What the article doesn't talk about, though, is why certain conglomerates haven't taken this idea even further. If I were running a company like Time Warner (no more AOL) or Sony, I'd be doing whatever I could to offer a full bundle of everything you could possibly want - including both the access and unlimited content. People already say that services like Napster helped convince many people to sign up for high speed internet access. So, why not bundle unlimited music sharing into the package? Offer cable TV, TiVo-like service, movies on demand, broadband internet, phone service (mobile, landline, VoIP, whatever), video games and legal file sharing (not just downloads - actual sharing) all for a single "bundled" price and make consumers happy. Stop nickel-and-diming them for everything. More people are willing to sign up, and the average revenue per user that the company gets goes up. Plus, people are unlikely to switch. They're getting everything they want in a single package at a reasonable price. Seems so obvious that no company would be willing to offer it.

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  • identicon
    diduno, 30 Sep 2003 @ 12:02am

    No Subject Given

    Bundling is the name for a traditional courtship practice which a man and woman spend the night together before they were married? You learn something every day don't you?

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      itchyfish, 30 Sep 2003 @ 3:14pm

      Re: No Subject Given

      Yeah, but what you don't mention is that the man was "bundled" (literally sewn in) in a layer of bedding in order to prevent any sort of hanky-panky. Basically you were sewn into a sack just so you could sleep in the same room as the woman.

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Shop Now: Copying Is Not Theft
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.