TV in general does not seem to follow logic. First, we are forced into stupid DMAs for local channels. This essentially eliminates competition and allows some REALLY horrible local channels since you HAVE to watch that channel. Most people have no idea that OTA still exists because idiots at your Best Buy will tell you that it doesn't. I get 3 ABC stations OTA, but the "local" one on Directv is a disaster, not even fully HD. Second, I am forced to pay for Duck Dynasty, 16 and Pregnant, Honey Boo, and other garbage that I would NEVER watch. I watch sports, Comedy Central, TBS, FX, TNT, Smithsonian, and maybe 2 or 3 other channels, but I must have the second-highest package to get all of the sports channels, even with the deceptively-named Sports Pack. Third, we must pay for things that have already been paid for. Locals are free with an antenna, paid by ads. Why do we have to pay for them again? What do the ads on the "cable channels" pay for? TV is a rip-off, but it's a bread-and-circus for people. Sports are leaving broadcast because programmers know that live events are the only thing keeping many people on paid TV. Netflix and Hulu are gaining more market share everyday for actual shows and movies and putting sports on channels like CNBC, TruTV, TNT, mun2, and creating new channels like FS1 are the only way to keep these programmers alive. A lot of people complain about having to pay for sports, and they should complain if they don't watch them. I complain about having to pay for reality and E! garbage because I never watch it. If channels were only available a-la-carte, most of them would go under. I think that would be good for the quality of programming.
Edited by ejbvt, 15 September 2013 - 09:19 AM.