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May 12, 2003

Dodging Rexella

Cable companies are taking the first few slow, reluctant steps towards giving consumers a choice in the cable channels they receive.

We have a DVR now, so actually watching a live broadcast has become increasingly rare in our house, but we'd be a happier family just knowing that the following channels were banished for all time from our television;

Home Buyers Channel, Home Shopping Network, and QVC, ShopNBC - If I want useless crap, I can buy it locally.
BET - All programs filmed in Technicolor PimpVision
WGN - I don't care what happens in Chicago.
PAXTV, Inspirational Network - If Jesus wanted television to save souls, he'd have a sit-com, produced by Aaron Sorkin.
SoapNet - Makes TNN look like Masterpiece Theatre.
Golf Channel - Soporific would be an improvement.
Univision - If you're not shouting "GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!", go the hell away.
MTV - BET white. Oh, and shut up and play some damn music videos.

If some sort of pay-per-channel plan is eventually adopted, there's a load more channels that will join the list if they cost more that a buck or two a month. Trio and Odyssey, for example. There's at least a chance they might program something I'd watch, thought I doubt I'd pay more than a buck a month for either.

This of course gives the cable company the heebie-jeebies. The idea that people should be able to pick and choose what gets piped into their homes! Next they'll be wanting an adequate level of customer service!

I'm perfectly willing to cut a deal, though. I'll pay the same rates I pay now, just give me the ability to skip the channels above entirely, to treat them as if they never existed. No guide entry, no scrambled picture, nothing. I want my television to act like they don't exist. I want the half second it takes me to surf over them to never happen, because my cable box knows to skip over that channel.

Hell, I'll pay extra.

Posted by Bigwig at May 12, 2003 02:44 PM | TrackBack
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