So, it’s no secret to anyone that knows me, that I am a TV junkie. Yep. Always have been since I was a wee lad. I mean come on, TV educates, informs, keeps us up to date on world events, teaches kids their ABC’s and kept them glued to and quiet for hours watching Bugs Bunny, gives us endless hours of the wonderful world of sports. You can get an 21 in one adjustable wrench tool gizmo thingy for the low price of $19.95 plus shipping and handling, but wait! Call now and get a second on free. Just pay additional shipping. Many of us developed our first crushes on TV. The list is endless. Yes, I am the guys that when it comes to TV trivia, I’ll make your head spin.
So, in my recent years I have been a huge fan of Food Network. I watch it probably more than I should. My Mom never understood the attraction to it. “Why would you want to watch people eat?” she once said. LOL! She may have had a point. But regardless, I love it. Can’t help myself.
The wife and I have a pretty decent amount of channels on our cable package. Not the top of the line by any means, but more than we could ever watch. Food Network, HGTV and History channel are a few of our “go to” channels. All included in our package. Cool right? Hold on to your hats and follow this.
It seems that Food Network, HGTV and a few others are taking some of their best programs and switching them over to another all inclusive network called “Discovery Plus”. Which, on top of your regular already outrageous cable bill starts at another $ 4.99 a month. Sounds like peanuts, right? Well hear me out. This is where I get profoundly pissed off.
Um. we are in a world wide shut down. Quarantine, situation for the last year now. People with little to no other form of entertainment outside of TV. Businesses shutting down and people losing jobs and sources of income in staggering numbers. And these, pardon my French, fucking vultures at the Discovery network want to totally swoop down and ass rape the general public by asking for MORE money???? Your timing could not be worse and I could not be more ashamed and disgusted with your network for launching this program at this time. This is such a nut slap to the code of business ethics in my opinion. How dare you.
Well, that’s just one mans opinion I guess. Would love to hear some feed back. Am I wrong in thinking this?
Have a wonderful day people. Fight the power.
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First off, I’m glad to see your escapade with the crackers didn’t put an end to your blogging. So welcome back.
Honestly, I’m right with you on the disgust and incredulity about cable companies and their fees. It’s bad enough that cable bills are through the roof (I was speaking to a co-worker about his cable/Internet bill just yesterday. $145/mo for both? Insane) but now the major cable networks have figured out that not only can they get people’s money by selling their wares on cable, BUT they can get even more by packaging up premium content and putting it on ANOTHER channel for a monthly fee. They start it out at $4/$5 a month to get you started, and then incrementally jack up the fee like Netflix has been doing for years. When I started out with Netflix, it was a DVD subscription service. $3-4/month for renting movies. Then it started with the subscription streaming service. If you’d been with them from the beginning, you got a better rate for your loyalty. NOW, the former loyalty rate is only about $1-2 cheaper than someone that came in off the street and started today.
I heard yesterday the CBS All Access is now going to be Paramount Plus starting tomorrow. I fully expect my fee is going to be going up in the next year. We do have cable (Spectrum) but for my den TV I use a Roku stick. I couldn’t justify the cost of having a second cable box, so the Roku actually works well in that instance. Although the amount of ‘free’ (meaning you have to watch commercials to see the shows) channels is pretty lame. Almost all the subscription choices are there of course. And they do have Movies Anywhere, so I have my purchased films consolidated at least.
But still, it’s only going to get worse. Again, welcome back. It’s good to read you again.
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