Bruce, very much the profit here:

This was back in 1990…back when you had fewer channels, but was a harbinger of things to come…with more “choices” on the way.


More “choices”…less choice…and paying more and more by the year!

Are you tired of paying for pay TV?

There are alternatives, but the situation for the great majority of us just keeps getting worse and worse.

According to this:

The effects of the removal of Viacom programming from DirecTV Tuesday night may be felt throughout New Jersey.

Subscribers have been told on blog postings and YouTube videos that no Viacom means no Jersey Shore, no Daily Show, and no Colbert Report. Daily Show host Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are both New Jersey natives. Both are currently in repeats, but return next week.

As a result of the contract dispute between DirecTV and Viacom, the unthinkable has happened without advance warning. DirecTV dropped 26 Viacom channels from its programming lineup at 11:50 p.m. July 10.

Channels that disappeared include Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, VH1, CMT, Logo, Spike, TV Land, MTV2, VH1 Classic, Palladia, Nick Jr., NickToons, TeenNick, Nickelodeon West, Tr3s, Centric, MTV India, Nickelodeon HD, Comedy Central HD, MTV HD, BET HD, VH1 HD, CMT HD and Spike HD.

Viacom’s official statement said: “We proposed a fair deal that amounted to an increase of only a couple pennies per day per subscriber, and we remained willing to negotiate right up to this evening’s deadline. However, DirecTV refused to engage in meaningful conversation.
Derek Chang of DirecTV said, according to the Washington Post, “We have been very willing to get a deal done, but Viacom is pushing DirecTV customers to pay more than a 30 percent increase.”

OK, so you won’t miss “Jersey Shore”…but still, the pattern remains the same!

You have to remember when you lost the Food Network for a time. As well as the dispute between ABC and Cablevision. And who can forget the dispute between Fox and Cablevision.

So what do you do?

Put up with it?

Change providers like you change sox?

Drag out the TV with the rabbit ears and go back to the days of yore when you only had 2 4 5 7 9 (that nobody ever watched anyway) 11 and 13?

Or pull out a deck of cards and engage the whole family in a marathon session of “slap jack?”

Personally, as much as I’d switch providers at the drop of a hat…I put up with it. It’s too much trouble to switch.

Besides, I don’t get to watch too much TV anyway.

There’s just nothing on.

Except maybe “Homeland”, “Breaking Bad”; and “The Newsroom”!

Also, how do you get around not paying for TV, if possible; and what shows would you not mind paying more for?