Saboth wrote on Aug 19, 2022, 14:27:
The problems with cable and satellite:
1. Far more expensive than streaming. $60, $80, $120+ plans
2. On top of that, they have the gall to charge you $20, $30, $50+ per month to rent the equipment to watch the subscription you have already paid them for.
3. On top of that, they want you to pay all these fees and taxes that they passed onto you that the government wanted THEM to pay.
4. On top of THAT, they want you to pay that massive sum of money AND watch 15-25 minutes of commercials every hour.
On top of that, they decided that scripted content is too expensive, and have instead shifted to reality TV, with reruns on permanently (seriously, look at MTV, there are some days when it just shows 24 hour-long episodes of the same show)
On top of that, they often speed older shows up to add more commercials. My wife briefly watched Friends on TBS and some other channel, and it was clearly higher pitched on one of them
On top of that, nothing is ever on
But the equipment rental fees, in perpetuity, for underpowered stuff that makes you angry, is part of it.
What made me ultimately cut the cord was moving to a Cablevision/Optimum area. The cable box was misery. Outright misery. Everything was slow and stupid. Minor things took so many clicks, with many clicks requiring waits. They brag about the box, but it made watching TV physically painful.