It always starts with those annoying commercials. CBS with the ones that say call Time Warner and tell them not to take off CBS. Then there is TIme Warner digging out their commercials that they used all the time in the previous negotiations when they say that CBS was asking for too much money. Before that, it was Fox that was asking for too much money. Then there was MSG and the Mets.
It’s getting to be like a rerun from all these small TV stations that show all the same reruns over and over again. Oh, yeah, I forgot, before there were negotiations like this one, Time Warner said that they would give the stations more stations so they can broadcast more programing. Instead, you can see more reruns for shows like House, NCIS and NCIS LA on the USA Network along with lots of other reruns along with their new shows and reruns of their shows. Then if you go to FX, you would see re-runs of 2-1/2 Men. In fact, you can get to see this show several times on different stations on MY9 and PIX 11. Or you can look at reruns of Rescue Me and How I Met Your Mother. Then you can go to WGN and watch another episode of How I Met Your Mother.
Yes, what an awful idea that was. But what was worse was when TIme Warner allowed stations to have their own 24 hour news broadcasts. This is how negotiations ended when Fox said that they’ll start their own news and business network, creating the biggest monster of them all, Fox News. Yes, 24 hours of promoting Republican candidates. News about Republican candidates with announcements in between of this station being fair and biased, then more news about Republicans and how the Democrats are screwing up this country. It’s no wonder that more and more people are canceling their subscriptions and going to Netflix.
Oh, if you have an HD TV, you get to have extra stations. You can watch USA on channel 16 or USA on 716 for HD-TV. The amount of stations are endless after that. Well over 1,000 stations from past negotiations now but most people probably watch about 25 of them throughout the week. I only wonder why the picture freezes on the TV or the station scrambles. Is it because there are so many stations? You can call Time Warner and they’ll say go down to the Time Warner store to replace your box. When you get there, there are over 100 people at the store exchanging their box.
So, we can conclude that the cycle of negotiations will continue. In the end, subscribers like us will face constant rate increases and have to consider other sources of entertainment. Might be good to read more books. For me, that's much better than all the reruns of movies that are on HBO & Showtime.
Maybe we can get Mitt Romney to solve this one. I know he’s busy getting his book together, One Day, I’m Going to Run for President. His first book was How I Created The Silicon Valley In California When I Was Governor of Massachusetts.
Okay, I guess that wasn’t a good idea.