2008-01-18 / Letters

Cable TV Should Be Ad-Free

Dear Editor,

I have a bone to pick with the providers of cable and satellite programming, and a few words to those that are being taken advantage of by the hucksters behind what I perceive to be a fraud. If I'm not mistaken, when paid T.V. was introduced it was supposed to be free of commercials. I like many others were happy to pay to rid ourselves of the nuisance and interruptions of programming. It did not take long before the commercials were back with more program interruptions than before. The only thing that changed from inception is that we are now paying for what was free before. For a great part we are paying to view advertising created for the feebleminded and gullible audience. It seems to me that for each 5 minutes of viewable entertainment we get at least 10 minutes of annoying sales pitches to purchase some gizmos, ointments, or tablets that are as useful as a fifth leg on a cow.

It is time to say, enough is enough, to those that stuff their coffers with our money.

Anywhere in the civilized world, if one wants to advertise a product or service on a wall of a building, a truck making rounds, a subway car, a bus or even taxi, they must pay for that privilege.

Why should it be unreasonable that we, too, are compensated for their invasion of our homes and our privacy? After all, it is our home and the TV sets do belong to us. Why should I pay for something I don't want or need, and not the other way around?

Before I'm finished I would also like to know why at least a half of the channels display the line "Paid Programming"? Is anyone insinuating that the other Channels are free?

Yes I do know that I can switch channels or turn off the set, but that is not what I'm paying for.

JOSEPH CEDER

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