The FCC - Looking Out For My TV Dollar
Well it's not like an "a la carte" cable plan is not intuitively attractive, but over the last decade my cable bill has increased 300% and my television watching has decreased by 2/3. (Mostly because everything I see on television is crap, but that's for another blog.) Forget the fact that I get twice the number of channels. It's irrelevant. Channels that you don't watch are valueless. So the way I figure it, this makes my cable about 800% more expensive or, if you prefer, 8 times less valuable than it was a decade ago, and the FCC wants to try and save me 13%? Whoopee! Now my cable will only be 7 times less valuable.
Forgive me if I seem underwhelmed.
Time Warner is the AntiChrist. $30.00 bucks a month for dreck. "O!" ? "WE"? Home Shopping Network?
I cut the cable seven years ago. Put up the ol' Winegard antenna (you remember what an antenna is right?) and I'm pullin' in all the TV I want... in HD, no less... for free. Besides, the way Apple and iTunes Video is going it looks like you'll be able to do all the a la carte you want for a buck ninety-nine an episode. Showtime's on the bandwagon, can HBO be far behind?
Thirty bucks??? I wish!! And I don't even get all the premium stuff. Damn.
I only need about fifteen channels. I need FOX Sports NW so I can watch my Seattle Mariners baseball games and my Oregon Duck sports. I like the three ESPN channels we get. Other than those, give me public broadcasting, CNN, C-Span, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, The Learning Channel, Comedy Network (gotta have my Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert), CBS, NBC, ABC, and sadly, FOX (those four major networks for sports coverage, all but FOX for news, and none of them for the shitcoms), and BBC and I'm all set. Oops, I guess that's like 16 channels.
Isn't 12 or 13 channels what we used to have on our ancient black-and-white jobbers in the days before cable? Why have we gotten to where we need more than that?
At our house we get the whole package because my wife likes "WE", TBS, WGN, FOX Movie Channel, AMC, Game Show Network, Food Network, and my daughters have their channels they like as well. In a couple of years when the kids have moved out, we can probably negotiate about TV viewing habits and cheaper packages.
Yow Dusty! That hurts! Snave, I agree. The savings are minor ducats. What we need is real "pay per episode". That way I can get my Nova, my BG, and my 24 and ignore the rest of the drivel.
I'm sure the NSA is watching me through the satellite box, though. That's why I wear thi scopper hat. Forget aluminum foil. That's for crazy people.
not a chance...
You want some (Napa Valley) wine with that cheese?
Like the pictured tv. I used to collect television sets and had one just like it.