Somehow I managed to live for 54 years without watching Jon Stewart. I can probably endure for the three or four months or years it takes to resolve this.
Many of us lived through the days when home NFL games were blacked out, when not every hockey and basketball game was televised, when you could see only one or two college football games per Saturday. We survived.
Many of us lived through the days when we had fewer than five TV stations to choose from and they were available over the air in ghosted, snowy living black and white. We survived.
Some people are acting as if their entire family lives will be completely uprooted because of missing television channels, as if the entertainment provided by television really is the only way entertainment can be had.
The world is not ending because your kid can't watch Spongebob.
I remember a time when our only television, which carried 5 channels, was broken. My dad brought it to the repair man who had to wait for a part for three weeks, so we just didn't have TV. Oh well, we found other things to do.
Granted, after the TV was repaired my dad went and bought a NEW TV, and the old one was to be used for us kids and was the one I eventually used to hook up a Commodore 64 so we had 2 spots of entertainment in the house.... but really, if there was nothing worth watching on, there was nothing on and the TV was turned off.
Losing Viacom is not the end of the world. If you really can't live without it, well.... switch. But the contract disputes with Dish, Cox, Comcast, and others.... are just around the corner. This year, next year, 2014.... but they will have to renegotiate. And just like with Time Warner in 2009, chances are your networks will go black.
So, as a favor to yourself and your kids.... make sure you raise them so that they can utilize other forms of entertainment when they aren't entertained by the box in the living room anymore.