Why We’ll NEVER See ‘à la carte’ Cable Television Choice

How many of you have wasted your leisure minutes doing laps with your television remote, trying to find a program worthy of your time and intelligence? Imagine being given the option of being able to choose and pay for ONLY the stations you want to watch.

Sorry. It’ll never happen.

Aside from sports and news channels, many channels would be in serious financial peril if their customers had “choice” but are saved by the very progressive, wealth-distributive approach to entertainment. Basically, you pay regardless of the quality or value to you of the programming.

Just what do you think you’d get?


For example, less than a week after 9/11 on ABC’s Politically Incorrect, host Bill Maher said, “We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That’s cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it’s not cowardly.” Advertisers subsequently fled and Maher’s show was cancelled.

Fast forward to 2012….

In a brief interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper, Bill Maher explains why calling Sarah Palin a “cunt” or a “twat,” as he has, is in no way equivalent to calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” or a “prostitute,” as Rush Limbaugh did.

Because he’s a “comedian” and comedy/satire is the default excuse when liberal entertainers cross the line and face an unexpected backlash.

“I let the audience be the guide. The bit I did about Palin using the word “cunt”, one of the biggest laughs in my act, I did it all over the country, not one person ever registered disapproval, and believe me, audiences are not afraid to let you know. Because it was a routine where that word came in at just the right moment….”

If Maher said something like this while working for a broadcast network, sponsors would be notified and the free market would play out. He’d have to go into witness protection had he used that kind of language towards a liberal woman. However, Bill Maher targets Republicans with edited impunity all the time. If he uses the c-word (and even if you could reach someone meaningful at HBO), what’s the downside? Even if you block Maher’s show and/or HBO from your TV, they still get your money, thus there’s no reason for them to adhere to any sense of decency.

For those without talent, it gets reduced to shock and cable is full of shock.

And don’t get me started on HBO’s liberal indoctrination programming aimed at children….

So while you run those cable remote laps and click past channels you never have (nor ever will stop to watch), remember you’re still paying for it. Production companies, and some of their icky “actors” and “comics” will continue to be handsomely paid, no matter how provocative, partisan, juvenile, racist, unfunny, gory, unoriginal, and intentionally insulting they decide to be as long as We the Consumer have no choice but to pay for their cable and satellite channels, whether we watch them or not.

Imagine if we only paid for the channels we wanted?

With the cheapest cable package (leaving out the obscure), you have A&E, American Movie Classics, Animal Planet, Azteca America, Baby First, Baby TV, BBC America, Believer’s Voice of Victory Network, Black Entertainment Television, Bloomberg TV, Boomerang, Bravo, BYU Television, Cartoon Network, CBS Sports Network, CCTV (China), Chiller, Christian Television Network, Church Channel, Cine Latino, Cine Sony, Cinemax (East and West), Classic Arts Showcase, CNBC, CNN, CNN En Espanol, Comedy Central, Cooking, Country Music Television, C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, C-SPAN3, Daystar, De Pelicula, De Pelicula Clasico, Discovery, Discovery En Espanol, Discovery Familia, Discovery Family Channel, Disney Channel, (East, West, Jr., XD), DIY, E! Entertainment Television, Encore (East, West, HD, Action, Black, Classic, Family, Suspense, Westerns), ESPN (Alternate, Deportes, 2, News, U), Eternal Word Network, Food Network, Fox Business News, Fox Deportes, Fox Movie Channel, Fox News, Fox Sports (1, 2), Free Speech TV, Fuse, Fusion, FX, FXX, Galavision, Game Show Network, GetTV, Golf Channel, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, HBO (East, West, 2, Comedy, Family, Latino, Signature, Zone), Headline News, History, History En Espanol, Home and Garden Television, Home Shopping Network (1 and 2), Impact Network, Independent Film Channel, Inspiration Film Network, Investigation Discovery, ION, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, MLB Extra Innings, MLB Network, MSNBC, MTV (2, Live), NASA, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, NBA League Pass, NBA TV, NBC Sports Network, NBC Universo, NewsMax, NFL Network, NHL Center Ice, NHL Network (Alternate), Nick Jr., Nickeldeon / Nick at Night (East and West), Nicktoons, Oprah Winfrey Network, Outdoor Channel, Oxygen, Pursuit, QVC, QVC+, Reelz, RFD-TV, Russia Today, Science, Smithsonian Channel, Spike, Sundance, Syfy, TeenNick, Teleformula, Telemundo, Telemundo Oesta, Tennis Channel, The Learning Channel, The Movie Channel (East, West, Xtra), The Blaze, Travel Channel, Trinity Broadcasting Network, TruTV, TBS, TNT, TV Land, Univision (Deportes, Este, Foro TV, Oeste, Novelas), USA Network, Velocity, VH1, VH1 Classic, Weather Channel, WGN, Women’s Entertainment, and many more.

If the average family could choose ONLY the channels they wanted, think about how many you’d actually deem worthy of paying for? Personally, we’d keep ESPN (only for NFL pregame shows, Sunday Night Baseball, and Monday Night Football), NFL Network, C-SPAN, Food Network, Fox Business, American Movie Classics, Turner Movie Classics, Home and Garden and that’s about it: a couple handfuls of channels we’d watch on a consistent basis and the rest wouldn’t be missed.

What really sucks is that we’re forced to pay for channels many of us NEVER watch and some we couldn’t be paid to watch. There are many channels that include what is referred to as “soft porn”, so-called documentaries on “family” channels that are nothing less than blatant liberal indoctrination aimed at children, kids’ network with obnoxious know-it-all punks and stupid adults, and numerous reality formats that would not be in existence if not subsidized by millions of captive subscribers.

If ESPN were solely reliant on advertisers, many would hear from those who identify with Curt Schilling’s common sense assessment of the proper, traditional use of bathrooms. ESPN might have had to think twice before making such a snap judgment in firing him.

But the entertainment industry is devious and liberal, they love forcing the public to do things against their best instincts, pushing their ideology unchallenged, and best of all: getting us to pay for it whether we want to or not.

If we ever get “choice”, we will all save a lot of money and the intolerant, politically correct may pay the price for a change!

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