Whose TV is it anyway?

2012-06-26 15:02
We all want to choose what TV channels we pay for, right? Of course. But is it a viable option?

Seems not.

A new study suggests that if pay TV operators like MultiChoice and TopTV start unbundling their packages - essentially allowing subscribers to tailor-make their bouquets - the TV industry will go bang.

Smaller, niche channels will die and only a handful of networks would survive.

Thing is - is that really the subscriber's problem?

I wouldn't stand for it if I were forced to buy mayonnaise in bulk because it was the only way the mayonnaise factory could stay in business.

The music business has adapted - you can now simply buy your favourite tracks online. Gone are the days of paying for Survivor's entire album just to work out to Eye of The Tiger.

Whether unbundling pay TV bouquets will cripple the TV industry or not, the point is, subscribers still have to pay for channels they don't watch.

I agree with many of our commenters. It's not fair, it's not right, but what is the legal alternative (read: not illegal downloads)?

It's a toughie. E-mail us with your thoughts on the pay TV situation in SA and you could be published!

In the meantime, Channel24 is more than happy to be your channel of choice - and it's free!

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Here's to the privilege of channel surfing,

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