Ars: New York’s Cablevision filed an antitrust lawsuit on Tuesday alleging that Viacom has compelled it to pay for 14 cable networks it didn’t want, including CMT, MTV Hits, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, Palladia, and VH1 Classic. If Cablevision is successful in its lawsuit—which remains under seal—it could significantly push forward an “à la carte” model for cable television.
I literally watch none of those channels, yet I pay for them. More and more, people are doing without a cable subscription and relying on the Internet for their TV watching needs. I am too addicted to sports to do this. But evil media conglomerates like Viacom are the reason that our cable bills are so fucking high and yet we still have to sit through those damned Papa John’s commercials with Peyton Manning. NOBODY GOES TO PAPA JOHN’S!
I should be able to pick and choose the channels I want to pay for, nothing more, nothing less. I want all the sports networks, a few news networks maybe, the History Channel, the Science Channel, Discovery, Comedy Central, some movie channels, and pseudo movie channels like TNT and AMC. I don’t need any of the MTVs, BETs, Nickelodeons, Oxygen or WE channels. I considered Cartoon Network but then I realized that you can watch Adult Swim online for free. The Internet is killing traditional TV and phone models because traditional TV and phone models are to restrictive. Pretty soon, the Web, TV, and phone will all be one medium.