This post is based on a comment I made on this post – TV or not TV: https://tidalscribe.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/tv-or-not-tv/.
I cut my TV off back December 2014 after I cancelled cable. They kept raising the rates every 1 – 2 years and I kept reducing services. I not only cut cable, I unplugged my TV and haven’t turned it on since then.
It’s only gotten worse. For example, this year CBS will be having 4 Star Trek series, 3 behind their paywall and the 4th where you will need cable or a paid subscription to see it.
To me, the biggest problem is too many channels duplicating the same types of shows. Same goes for too many movie studios that are demanding a larger share of ticket sales. Both groups are pricing themselves out of the market. A smart cable/satellite company would offer you get X number of channels for $Y. You get to choose from different channels based on pricing. I see ESPN and other channels pricing themselves out of the market. When I cancelled cable, over half my bill was from the ESPN network as part of a basic subscription. I don’t watch ESPN and have no plans to.
I had cable from 2001 through December 2014. Every year or two, they would increase my cable bill by $2 – 5+ and my response was to reduce my bill by cutting out twice as much as the bill went up. In 2014, the cable company did something they told me (twice in e-mails, twice in support tickets, and once in person) they weren’t going to do. End result – I took my cable box back to them and cancelled service. I asked them about the modem and they said it was mine to keep as they did not have it listed on their system. I was unwise enough to trust them. I came home one Sunday a few months later with a note from a collection agency demanding I return the modem. The next day, I returned the modem to the cable company and made it clear I did not appreciate what they had done.
Fast forward to last year. There are too many channels on TV; many you need to have cable or satellite access to watch; others are now behind various paywalls – Amazon, Hulu, CBS, Netflix, YouTube, etc. The problem for a while has been there is no real difference between the channels. Cop, soap operas, crime, lawyer, medical, sci-fi shows, etc. There are only so many plots, tropes, character types, etc. so in a given season, you will see them repeated on each show multiple times. Change the show or channel and guess what, same story. Different names for the characters, but with so many channels and most being on 24/7, repeating is inevitable. It’s no wonder seasons are getting shorter.
Same goes for movies – too many movie studios even if most are owned by a handful of companies. They are bringing back old movies in an attempt to revive a dying industry. I haven’t been to a movie in a while where I paid for the ticket. A friend will sometimes buy me a ticket, but it’s been a year or two since he’s done that. If I buy a ticket, it’s going to be early enough for the cheaper ticket price and after the theater gets to keep a bigger share of the ticket price. I also don’t buy concessions. Movie studios act like getting a larger share of the ticket price is a right and the theaters can recoup the decreased part of ticket sales can be offset by theaters raising concession prices.