Originally Posted by Aliens
I know this could only take place in a universe far, far away, but it would be great if you could have a satellite/cable system similar to Netflix, Amazon, etc., etc., where you would have all of the available channels (create your favorite list as well) at your disposal, then select the channel/channels you want, the duration, and only pay for that. Go away on vacation and you wouldn't incur any expense. Like I said: far, far away.
Like others, my main reason for having satellite is to have access to all of the sporting events I like. The old standbys like Discovery, Nat Geo, TLC, and a few others, have fallen into a cesspool and can’t get out. I have 23 channels in my regular favorite list (not counting OTA) and there are only 10 that I have any real interest in, and too often many of those have nothing of interest to me. I have 9 channels in my sports favorite list. My D* bill is reduced because I switched to them last year, so my 19 channels of interest currently cost me $2.95 per channel, every month. For me to have access to 200+ channels and only have 19 of interest is not a good deal. Fortunately for me, it’s a deal I can afford to make. Life without access to satellite sports would leave a great void. Can’t do it. No way.
I totally agree. I'm not a sports "nut" who will watch anything, but there are some games/conferences/events I would absolutely hate to do without and many of them are on cable. So, for me at least, I'd go into withdrawal without the ESPN family, BTN (Big Ten Network), etc.
I don't go to sports bars (too crowded, noisy, and I don't drink anyway... not that there is anything wrong with that), and I don't smoke, gamble, or play golf. My only real "vice" is entertainment of all kinds, not just TV and certainly not just sports on TV, but my wife and I also occasionally enjoy attending movies, concerts, and plays.
So, until the day comes that I can economically "pick and choose" my TV favorites in the manner that you described, I'll continue to pay a premium for my top-tier bundled TV, Internet, and phone.Edited by BoilerJim - 1/10/14 at 2:29pm