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  •  On Time-Warner Cable, you can't get (8+ / 0-)

    the Weather Channel any longer except on the TV with a digital box. At least in Central Texas where I live.

    They recently moved a bunch of the regular access channels like that into the top tiers. So, what used to be on the basic level, and accessible on all the TVs in the house, can now only be seen on a single set.

    I agree about TVs in the classroom. We had them when I was in school, ages ago, and my twenty-something kids had them too.

    I've often wished I were independently wealthy enough to start a network just as you've described. I was thinking about it again on Saturday as I watched a PBS show about literature and realized how lame it was.

    Sadly, even if we had the money to create that product, I don't think The Powers That Be would allow it to be broadcast on "their" airwaves.

    That's yet another reason we need media de-consolidation as soon as possible. It's not the "Fairness Doctrine" that destroyed media. It was, as the diary notes, the ability for a single entity to buy up all the media outlets in a town.

    Whatever happened to competition being "the American Way"?

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:24:16 AM PST

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    •  Just force the FCC to issue (9+ / 0-)

      a "1 company, 1 market, 1 outlet" rule, forcing, say, Fox, or Time Warner, Comcast, etc to break up and spin-off into thousands of new outlets, and everything is suddenly very different in our politics.

      We could also do the same thing with organized boycotts of cable stations. Two million people drop their stations in protest, that's near $2B annual loss to those companies. They'd have to sell-off.

      There's a lot we could do, if we were thinking clearly to change our political life at it's root, and in a year's time or less.

      But (too many) front-pagers here (and other prominent bloggers) would rather talk about inside baseball in the Braindead Beltway or mock Fox news than actually focus on real power changes.

      Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

      by Jim P on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:59:26 AM PST

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    •  We still have Weather Channel in SW Ohio (0+ / 0-)

      in the basic non-digital tiers, but the channels with anything remotely educational are disappearing into the digital box tiers one-by-one.

      There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. - Sun Tzu

      by OHeyeO on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 10:22:39 AM PST

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    •  You get as much if not more info (1+ / 0-)
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      from the NOAA National Weather Service website as you do from the Weather Channel. The Weather Channel gets its info from the National Weather Service. That is until RWNJ's like Rick Santorum get the National Weather Service defunded.

      Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

      by NoMoreLies on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:21:44 PM PST

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