This whole bailout of Private Business nags at me. I mean, how many SMALL GUYS are being able to seek Government Bailouts? Is there some Mom & Pop operation, or one that maybe just employs a dozen or so people, that can get a slice of the pie, or are they simply SOL (Shit out of Luck)?
Now, due to some closures by Canwest, of a few television stations, they are blaming the cuts on regulatory restrictions, that prevent them from demanding higher fees from Cable Providers. Now I don’t know, when I signed up for Cable, my price was $90 a month, and without adding any changes to my plan, come September my cable bill goes up to $125 a month.
Canwest has complained that federal regulations, which let cable and satellite-TV companies carry the stations without paying a fee, made the stations unviable. Canwest and other broadcasters wanted rules changed so cable and satellite companies would have to pay a carriage fee. ( CBC News )
While the Networks battle the Cable outfits, you and I get stuck with the bill. Okay, we want entertainment, but funny isn’t it, how these two giants seem to forget, that the numbers are down for a reason. Sure PRICE has an impact, but has Canwest stopped to think, ( I know, hard to imagine the pin heads in charge actually thinking.) that perhaps the reason they are seeing less advertising dollars, less viewers, is due to their actual programming?
Do they even stop to think that if they offer ten speciality channels on cable, and they ALL carry virtually the same content, that customers won’t subscribe to all ten of them, but only one?
I know our viewing habits have changed a great deal. We simply can’t find decent shows to watch, so wind up renting a video most nights. Take the Mystery Channel, we pay extra for it, but it is always reruns of the Law & Order series, which is fine, but seven days a week? TCM has some good old stuff, but that is one channel, that is included in our package, not extra.
Point is, many of the channels offer the same movies, the same shows, and to be blunt, not a whole lot of them either. Most of the so called speciality channels, FAIL to deliver content to their theme. Like how is Sleepless in Seattle a MYSTERY? And worse, is that networks offer about 6 hours to 8 hours of programming, then REPEAT IT. Sorry, but I am not spending extra money to see the same show four or five times in a 24 hour period.
Perhaps if Canwest had bothered to provide true local programming with CHEK 6, it might not be closing down. The fact is, people have shown their displeasure at the programming geniuses that turned CHEK 6 into nothing but a rehash of stuff from the mainland. AND THAT IS WHY IT HAS FAILED.
GM & CHRYSLER have provided sub standard vehicles, have provided luxury vehicles, at a time when gas economy is one people’s mind, and they wonder why they aren’t selling cars? CANWEST provides one sided, opinions, rehashed American Shows, and they wonder why they can’t get local advertisers to support them? The fact is, business is a dog eat dog world, and it is the fittest that survice. CANWEST has shown, like GM & CHRYSLER, that they are incapable of providing a competent products for us to buy. So naturally they fail, that is just how it is in the business world.
SO WHY THE HELL ARE TAXPAYERS BEING ASKED TO BAIL THEM OUT?