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Re: [Newsgroups] Dutch Usenet services are doomed When cable first came out, to compete with over-the-air broadcasting, it was called "Pay-TV" and its big selling point was "No ads!!"
Look at it now...
said by Rojo:Yes it is a mess.
When cable first came out, to compete with over-the-air broadcasting, it was called "Pay-TV" and its big selling point was "No ads!!"
Look at it now...
We seem to be off topic, but i can't help myself.
I remember on the weekends i use to get up and watch cartoons and the 3 stooges until lunch when i was a kid.
Now on the weekends i can't find anything good to watch before lunch (Even with 200 channels) and most things are paid ads that are one hour long one after another, channel after channel. Same thing in the late hour at night.
The cable system forces these high number of channels on us and that is what has increased the cost for the basic, or higher packages. Most of these channels would not be able to stay on the air if it was not forced on us by the cable company packages. I like many others, only really watch about 20 to 25 of the channels, and the other 150 or so i don't really need.
The system is set up to make you pay for hundreds of channels you don't watch or need, and the cable company fights tooth and nail to keep it that way.
And to make matters worse, the quality of cable TV programming has declined significantly since the late 1990s. Virtually all the subject-type channels that started out with a narrow focus have completely abandoned the concept. The non-fiction stations have either shut down (like TechTV) or descended into trashy "reality" shows like TLC (they don't dare call it The Learning Channel anymore). Even CNN, once a respected news organization, dove into the tabloid field of celebrity gossip and child murders.
I'd really hate to imagine what American cable TV programming might be like 10 or 20 years from now. (Idiocracy could be a lot closer than we think) Hopefully by that time everything will be available online, legally, and we won't be called pirates anymore for wanting to watch something that's not available where we live.