Browse the entire lineup of what your cable provider gives you. Then ask yourself how many of those channels you actually watch or care to watch. Is it really worth the continually rising expenses to pay for channels you don't want? A-la-carte alternatives exist. Giving in only reinforces the cable company's rate hikes and costs. Do the research and cut the cord. Streaming, DVDs, pay per episode TV. Why are you paying for shopping and cooking shows you don't watch. A jewelry channel? Are you kidding me? Why do you pay for the Disney channel if you don't have small children?
Would you accept this behavior from other services? "Here, we know you didn't ask for this, or want it, but we're going to give it to you and charge for it."
The problem with this idea of a-la carte alternatives existing (and they really don't), the industry is so condensed that there's a good chance the channels you don't watch are owned by the same company of one that you do.
Look at FOX, who owns Speed, National Geographic, Fox News and FX. There's a good chance everybody watches 1 of these 4.
And FOX wants their hand out for you to pay for all 4. But you can't have one without the other.
You might not watch the Disney Channel but you you might watch ESPN.