Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:04 PM
Satellite TV has too many channels - we need to get rid of some of the trash channels that are included in these programming bundles that programming producers pawn off on us.
If a niche channel cannot survive on its own - let it die.
Dish and DirecTV should start pressing providers to cut the bottom channels off of their packages and keep prices at the same or slightly lower levels.
If there is a demand for a channel it will survive - let the others DIE!
I do not want to subsidize trash channels with my subscription dollars. I probably watch fewer than 15 channels all week and the rest of the family maybe doubles that number.
Who needs 200 or 250 channels - NOBODY.
There is an opening for someone with a bundle of money to start a TV delivery system either by internet streaming or maybe through OTA subchannels that provides a small number of highly watched channels at a rate lower than current providers charge (maybe like 75% of their rates) and make it.
All that stands in the way are the contracts that program providers seem to insist on with large number of garbage channels bundled with those few good channels.
Right now I pay Dish $85 a month and I would be willing to pay $65 a month for a much smaller package of only the channels I want.
Of the 7 or so OTA channels that Dish carries (all SD by the way) here I regularly watch 5.
Of the true satellite channels I watch FOX News, TNT (Dallas and Falling Skies only), History, ESPN (not nearly as much as I once did - to much bla bla bla too little Sports - where's curling when you need excitement), HGTV and Discovery Channel, SciFi (Merlin only and I refuse to misspell it).
So I just watch 6-7 satellite channels... HMMMM maybe I don't need satellite TV after all.
I am constantly thumbing through my 120 channels and finding nothing to watch.
I'm going to have to reconsider whether it is worth the cost - I could better use my time.
Tuners: Hopper 2000; Hopper w/Sling; 3 Joeys; Samsung SIR-T351; Accurian 6000;2 X HD TiVo; 2 X TiVo Series 2 Stand alone; Panasonic Showstopper 2000
Dish 1000.2 @ 110, 119, 129; dish 500 @ 61.5
Antennas - CM4228; RS U75-R; coathanger; Funke PSP.1922 (stillin the box); paperclip
Displays: Sony VPH D50Q with HD Fury HDMI input; Hitachi 57F59; Sony Bravia LCD;Sanyo 32" LCD; Panasonic 42" plasma
Sony 80GB PS3; Toshiba HD-DVD
Give me a Finco colinear array and I'll rule the world - HA-HA-HA-HA!