TV Studios: Please take my money?

I’m looking at you: HBO, Bad Robot, Frank Darabont…

You’re not getting my money thru TV companies who want me to pay for 150+ foreign language channels I can’t understand, sports and religious channels I actively do not want. Not just because they think repeating channels in different resolutions and then charging me for both somehow adds value, or because they consider 190 “on demand” channels which all just access the same service is somehow added value. But because when you guys try to make great quality shows, they struggle to get the funding they need to meet the standards of quality I expect in my entertainment because so much of that money is being spread out to those foreign-language/sports/religious channels that don’t need the money nearly so much.

So, please, guys; go google “kickstarter” or “indiegogo”. Get your heads together, hire some web geeks, and build a service that lets me pay you to entertain me with the awesome shows you’ve been trying to make for years, without the damn money-sucking middleman who blatantly fails to get what you do and what I enjoy.

I suspect I’m not alone, over 400,000 US homes have dumped pay TV this year – and it’s not about parting with some money for our shows, it’s about feeling ripped off having to spend money on crap we don’t want in return for having the quality we do want cancelled.

Thank you for less than nothing, TWC…

The TimeWarner Cable guy arrived around mid-day. Nice guy, we chatted amicably. One of the early things he told me was “I’ve never installed Cable Cards before”. Apparently he had no training on them either. In the back of my mind I couldn’t help thinking “boy, I’m glad they charged me $40 to have him install them instead of me”.

Hi, my name is Frosty…

Oliver discovered me and my brother under a bush with our vigilant mommy watching over us. He kindly brought us into his house

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And my first action on visiting a house for the first time, will be: