Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cable to lose a few worthless channels

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 12:17 PM

At one minute after midnight tonight, News Corp. will apparently yank the following channels from the Time Warner Cable lineup: FX, Fuel, Fox Reality, SportsSouth and Fox Sports World Espanol. Y-a-a-a-a-a-w-w-w-n-n-n. Excuse me, didn’t mean to almost fall asleep, but I couldn’t care less whether or not those channels are available on my TV, and I imagine lots of people feel the same. Seriously, is this a major issue in anyone’s life, other than employees of the companies involved? Fox and Time Warner sure want you to think it’s a huge, hairy deal, at least judging from the endless e-mails they’re sending out and the ads they’re buying in the paper.

Here’s the thing, though: Everyone already has more channels than they can count, and very few of them are even remotely worth checking out. In 1992, when Springsteen sang about, “57 channels and nothin’ on,” we never guessed that the number of channels would skyrocket while the quality of TV offerings would stay about the same, i.e., shallow and moronic. The TV landscape today is a million miles wide and about a quarter-inch deep, and we’re supposed to care that SportsSouth and Fox Reality may be taken from us? Please. A tiny slice is about to be cut out of a stale, decaying pie and thrown away. And the problem with that is ... .?

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