Forced to subscribe to all these stupid channels on cable

If you're like most people, you look at your "basic" cable line-up and think: "Why do I have all these stupid channels? Wouldn't it be cheaper if I could just subscribe to the ones I actually like?"

You're probably convinced that there's a huge conspiracy going on to get you to pay for a bunch of crap you don't want.

You might be right. According to the American Cable Association (an organization that is obviously quite biased toward the cable industry) it's not your cable company's idea to force "Lifetime Movies" on you, it's the big media companies themselves that dictate cable line-ups through a technique called "tying and bundling."

(Source: Consumerist)

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