I should be able to watch my local ABC channel over the web now. But cable won't let me because cable wants me to buy $120 in video services a month on top of a cable Internet service. Not realizing that if they gave free 75 Mb/s up and down for a maxed out cable package I would have Cinemax, HBO, Fox News, The Cuban Lifestyle Channel, and ESPN 15. Hell, I'd have LOGO 3 playing Drag Race All Stars for free broadband. But this rant isn't about that. Its about why cable companies large and small won't use common sense to give me what I want and throw money at them.
Cable companies can rebroadcast local stations. Most cable companies allow you to enter in your credentials to watch services like FOX NOW, TBS, USA and so on. Why won't they just let me pay $20 a month for a virtual package. Let me log into most those services. Charge me $12 extra dollars for HBO GO, Showtime app, and others. Why is this so hard? Am I just looking at this the wrong way? Do you have to charge me $9 for a box and $3 for a remote to stay afloat? I mean you still have to charge me that ungodly installation fee to plug in a cable modem. Can't that just be enough? </end rant> #nerdlife