Originally Posted by 8traxrule
And thanks a lot to all the cable subscribers who didn't cancel their subscriptions when this started!
Originally Posted by borntocoast
That's the biggest problem, all the "Sheeple" who simply plod along, and continue to pour good money after bad for crappy programming. However, slowly but surely more and more subscribers are becoming disgruntled with what they are paying for,
and are seeking their entertainment and informational needs elsewhere!
Give me a break.
Cancelling a subscription isn't going to do anything to stop the practice. In fact, it will likely increase it as networks redouble their efforts to attract the viewers that are still out there.
If you want anything to change, you have to hit the networks where it hurts. Tell their advertisers you've stopped watching shows they advertise in because of this practice. Then pass the list of all the ones you contacted along to the networks and make it clear you're going to be a pain the a** about this as long as it continues.
Then, you need to do the opposite for networks that don't spam their programming: let the advertsiers know how much you like this and let the networks know you've told the advertisers how much you like the practice.
Further, when you write, you need to write an actual letter and mail it. E-mail can be deleted with just a glance and it's gone forever. Networks and ad execs hate physical paper when it isn't a compliment. Someone has to open that envelope up and the impact is far greater.
The cable company doesn't care why you cancel and certainly isn't going to pass your complaint on to the network. Further, the broadcast networks aren't going to care whether you cancel cable or not.
The fact is, the major players in this thread are people who cancelled because they didn't want to spend the money and likely didn't even bother to complain to anyone who mattered about the issue. Of course, thatbegs the question of how much credibility someone who has't had pay TV for years has in determining just how bad things might be. Tuning in now and then to the worst offenders doesn't show you how many networks out there refrain from that stuff.
Of course, there are some here who gripe over even the most ghostly of station logos linging in the corner of the screen, so I would suspect nothing is going to make them happy.