I would agree and be much more disturbed with Dish over this if it wasn't for the fact that there are four Rainbow Media stations - AMC, IFC, WE tv, and Sundance Channel - at issue.
I can't help but feel that we should support the channels that are offering us new original programing, like AMC, A&E,USA,TNT, FX, CW, Lifetime, plus a few others. We all complain about the hanger on channels that we never watch but get shoved into a package. They are the reason we still talk about a-la-cart. AMC, whether you watch them or not, is not a hanger on but an innovator.
I'm an advocate for cleaning house - the cable channel industry and the broadcast channel industry is operating like immature 50-year-olds. They need to grow up.
For purposes of argument there are at least 3 prime time hours 7 days a week 52 weeks a year - or 1092 hours. Allowing for holidays and convenience for counting purposes, let's just call it 1,000 hours a year. AMC's innovation over the past three years has averaged 4 "innovative" shows x 13 episodes, or 52 hours, a year. Maybe there's something I missed so let's say some years they've offered 5 innovative shows or 65 hours a year. So they've allocated about 6% of their prime time to innovation.
Now what have they done with the other 21 non-prime time hours 7 days a week 52 weeks, or 7,644 hours a year? I notice that nobody here is arguing for IFC, WE tv, and Sundance Channel. I'm willing to pretend that they've all done as well innovating as AMC. So if combined, Rainbow Media has stepped up to 24% of prime time for one channel.
It seems USA has a lot of original programming. But if you combined all the NBCU-owned non-sports cable channel original programming - USA, Bravo, Chiller, Cloo, CNBC, E!, G4, Oxygen, MSNBC, Style Network, Syfy - you almost might get confused enough to think you are watching a broadcast channel because of the amount of waking hours original programming, almost.
In other words, I'm in for paying a 50¢ retransmission fee for one non-sports advertising-supported cable channel per multinational humongous media company or billionaire-owned media company, limited to 10 channels. And I'll spring for a 50¢ retransmission fee for one advertising-supported broadcast channel per multinational humongous media company or billionaire-owned media company limited to 5 channels. And I'll spring for a 50¢ retransmission fee for one local PBS station. IMHO that's enough total air time to cover the overall interests of the American public including all age groups, particularly with the nearly universal availability of DVR's.
Recognizing that 16 channels 24/7/52 just isn't enough air time, I'm an advocate for premium packages, including the ones we have now, ones for sports channels, ones for news channels, ones for other special interests, whether advertising supported or not.
The internet which includes your own web site plus the likes of Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Hulu, YouTube, etc. now is offering sufficient innovation opportunities. Remember that it's time for TV to grow up and the internet just moved into the neighborhood.
So no, I'm not interested in paying a 15¢ retransmission fee to support a channel for basket weavers or for another endless run of old movies and/or old syndicated TV shows. If you want them, you can stream them from a number of sources.
Edited by phrelin, 06 June 2012 - 10:48 AM.