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Is cable killing free TV?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 29th 2009 12:38PM
Here's a scary thought. One day, you might have to actually pay for all that free quality programming beaming through the magic picture box in your living room.

A scary new article by the Associated Press shows that advertising revenue has not provided enough income for the free networks to support all of their programming efforts. And thanks to the rise of cable and the web, some companies are considering new business models that are cutting the "free" out of "free TV."

Given the way things are going, do you think there could come a time when free TV is a thing of the past like top 40 AM radio, Olestra chips and an ozone layer?

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skytenna

I watch free over the air Digital Broadcast Television north of Denver Colorado with a roof top tv antenna. I am receiving 24 digital tv channels. Nice clear reception and pictures. Better then cable and better then satellite. Also I have ROKU/NETFLIX , 10 Dollars a month for all the movies and Tv shows I can watch and more is being added all the time with no increase in price. If you will like to find out the free over the air broadcast Tv channels where you live and where the Tv transmitters are located so you will know the direction to direct the Tv antenna then go to these web sites , dtv.gov and tvfool.com

January 04 2010 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
timotito

Did you ever think that some people are on limited income and can't actually afford to pay for cable tv? sorry, but not all of us are rich pigs like you who have money to burn!

January 03 2010 at 12:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Crua

Over The Air TV Should Be free... Why pay a Fee for Over The Air Free TV.... Call The fcc and Let them Know We Do Not Want to pay for Over the Air Free TV when it's ment to be free and you as the Cusotmer Should not Not have to pay for Free TV.

January 01 2010 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul Drockton

this is great to know about advertising

January 01 2010 at 3:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wayne Dunham

Just an FYI, Olestra chips aren't gone. The Light versions of Lays and Ruffles still have Olestra. Second ingredient listed.

December 30 2009 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nancy Martin

The networks aren't bringing in enough in advertising dollars? Why don't they stop paying these so called "stars" the absurd amount of money they get for each episode.

December 29 2009 at 8:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
izikavazo

A year or two ago this would have been devastating, but at the moment I don't really care. Networks have high expectations and bad taste. Good shows continue to get canceled on the Networks and renewed on Cable. That's enough for me to switch.

December 29 2009 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KVC

Cable isn't killing free TV, TV executives are. Too many fast cancellations, stupid decisions and putting their shows on cable.

December 29 2009 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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RobynM

Not to mention the FCC keeping free networks on a much tighter leash than cable channels, further driving series developers and showrunners away from the former and to the latter.

December 30 2009 at 6:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jen

Err, I mean network shows.

December 29 2009 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

Mmmmm, olestra chips...be right back.
OK, fine now, I--be right back.
Ah, much better. Now, I was saying--not again!

December 29 2009 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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