That’s why I’m a cable cutter! I was paying for the Infomercial Channel! Why the hell was I PAYING for a channel to advertise to me 24/7???
Actually, fully 3/4 of the channels I had were things I would never, ever watch and had actually programmed out of the box. There were, if I recall, 6 Catholic channels. I’m not Catholic. A bunch of Spanish language channels, other religious channels, and music channels. Why the hell are there music channels? How frigging irresponsible is it to run a power-hungry television to listen to music you can play on a much more eco-friendly radio? And that was back then. Now you can play it on your phone. Hell, I have a home theater PC set up in my living room with some decent speakers with a nice base. It’s general purpose is for an Emby server, playing video right on my TV through a Roku. But I ALSO have Clementine on it. Clementine is a music player with an Android app to control it. I can start my own music playlist any time I want, skip a song, change the playlist, choose a specific song, etc., all from my phone, playing over some pretty nice speakers, all without the television being on at all.
Oh, and of the 1/4 of the channels I would actually watch, there were only about 6 or so that I watched regularly. Most of the others were more like “I might watch that now and then”. Fewer than a dozen channels really worth watching, $200 a month, AND most of those channels had commercials (I think we had HBO and Starz as well. Maybe Showtime, no Skinimax for sure). If I’m paying an average of about $20 a month PER CHANNEL that I actually watch commercials are completely unacceptable!
Of course Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime have their issues too. Netflix and Hulu are impossible to find decent shows on. They have the same things in the list for months at a time. Once they do finally disappear from the list they often show up again for months more at a time a short time down the road. And you’ll find the same shows over and over and over again in every genre you try to search in. And you can’t narrow the search to get more relevant results. I’ll often start playing a movie to find it’s in a random language I don’t understand, it’s from the 1970s, it has about half the production quality of a car crash, they define the word “actors” fluidly, I’ve seen it before, it’s a damned cartoon when I want sci-fi, it’s an anime (everything about anime makes it the least tolerable thing on the planet to me), etc. With a large library filled with essentially “cheap crap” the inability to effectively filter out some of that crap is a huge problem. And with Prime you pay $100 a year for the opportunity for Amazon to market more purchases to you, essentially. Most of the decent content is a rental, so you’re essentially paying for a monthly or yearly membership which does little more than allow you to pay for content as you want. Unless you order a lot from Amazon there’s no real value in it.