No free TV

Television used to be free. They were the public airwaves and the networks were given the use of those airwaves so long as they were serving the public good. What’s happened?

Now the public airwaves are full of television shows we cannot stomach. All the advertized programming is carried by cable stations for which viewers have to pay.

Now the NFL has its own network and more and more of its games will be available only through pay-per-view. Football teams that are subsidized by municipal and state taxes are withholding their performances unless they are paid-per-view.

To mix a metaphor with a pun: I hope this will be the shit that breaks the fan.

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