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Old 10-06-2014, 12:52 PM   #41
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I much prefer Fox Business. I like Stuart Varney, Cavuto, Charles Payne and the rest of the team there.
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:30 PM   #42
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Every channel now wants to become a reality channel since that drives ratings. Something has to give. They cannot all do it, can they?

I banned The Weather Channel from my life when I turned to it to find out about a brewing hurricane to only see "Fat Guys in the Woods" was playing. Yes, that is the name of the show. What do "Fat Guys" have to do with weather?

Ridiculous.

And judging by some of the previews I see for some shows like "Southbeach Tow", etc., it looks like scripts and not reality. Or, at the least, it looks like recreations and interpretations of something that may have happened one day. It sure isn't real time.
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:32 PM   #43
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Every channel now wants to become a reality channel since that drives ratings. Something has to give.

I banned The Weather Channel from my life when I turned to it to find out about a brewing hurricane to only see "Fat Guys in the Woods" was playing. Yes, that is the name of the show. What do "Fat Guys" have to do with weather?

Ridiculous.
Yep - very much. My reaction - "whaa happened?!?!?"

Same thing happened to several old favorite channels, and then next thing I know, I'm not watching cable TV at all anymore.

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Does anyone remember when TLC channel was The Learning Channel? There was actual science and education going on there. Now it's turned into all reality shows.

Somewhat off topic, but I nominate "Naked and Afraid" as the worst show on tv. It's been on Discovery Channel since last year. I feel sorry for Discovery for having to stoop that low.
Yep - pretty much what happened to me. Any programming I cared to watch simply disappeared.
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:59 PM   #44
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Yep - very much. My reaction - "whaa happened?!?!?"
It helps to remember that most cable channels are owned by a handful of companies. Some examples (many are joint ownership):
GE: CNBC, MSNBC, Weather Channel, SyFy, Chiller, Cloo, USA, Universal HD, Bravo, Esquire Network, O2, Sprout, Golf Channel, NBCSN, Telemundo, Mun2

AOL/Time Warner: CNN, HBO (various HBO channels), Cinemax, truTV, TBS,TNT, TCM, NBA-TV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang

Viacom: BET, CBS, Music Box, Flix, The Movie Channel, Showtime, (various Showtime channels), MTV, Nickelodeon, TNN, VH-1

ABC: Disney Channel/Cinemagic/Junior/XD, ABC Family, ABC Spark, A&E, History, H2, Bio, FYI, Military History, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, Lifetime Real Women.
it goes on with a few more large owners, but my point is that it's not surprising at all that there only seems like one or two strategies to maximize profits from cable channels since there are only a few owners of most cable channels that make all the decisions.

This is also why it's so hard to move to alternatives to the existing cable model - like ala carte pricing - there are only a few giants who are perfectly happy with the current model.
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