There is no one more devoted to the idiot box than I, but that didn’t mean that I had to become one just to be able to watch the shows that I love. If you ask me, the price of watching television has become ridiculously high without justification. The more I hear about how high the prices are for cable and satellite television, phone and internet service, the more grateful I am that I decided to make some changes a few years ago. I was paying what could be considered a lease payment for an economy car for the pleasure of having internet, satellite TV and a land-line phone. When you consider the bazillion television channels (let’s not forget the useless music channels!) that they offer to justify charging a ransom for, you quickly realize how few channels that’s really worth watching there are.
Do this. List all of the cable channels that you presently think that you can’t live without. You will notice that a couple of them are offered in the basic package aka “ridiculously priced but we’ll still allow you to buy this week’s groceries” package. Next, you will find a few listed in the next package level and so on and so forth. Soon, you will realize that in order to get every channel that you ‘desire’ you will have to purchase their top level plan or else.
This is where you begin to realize that maybe there are too many home improvement shows being produced and you can certainly live without the glut of ubiquitous “reality” shows. You shouldn’t have to pay through the nose to be entertained. So, I decided, along with many others, to rebel. There is no need for these services to cost so much, I have no problem with someone trying to make a profit, but human decency should be factored in at some point. For example, Comcast has actually scrambled all local channels.
From Brier Dudley’s blog: “Over the past four years Comcast has gradually required its customers to add some kind of cable box on all of their TV sets, giving the company more control over the content the customers view and potentially more revenue from box rentals. The move also pushes customers with entry-level cable service to upgrade to digital packages, increasing their monthly bill by 300 percent or more. Yet it was endorsed last year by the Federal Communications Commission, which accepted the cable industry’s arguments that further encryption was needed for security and environmental reasons.”
This is pure evil and it’s endorsed by the very agency that should be protecting the consumer’s interest. So, our lesson is that we have to look out for our own interests.