Finally Someone Explains It

Over the past few weeks, if you’re a TV loving Canadian, you’re sure to have noticed the battle going on between the ‘local’ cable companies and the broadcasters.  Each side insisting that if the other wins, our cable bills will go up.  Honestly, all of the mumble jumble has been so confusing I really had no idea what side to be on.Save_Local_TV_header

Finally, a business guru over at the Vancouver Sun explains what the frack is really going on here and I have to say I agree.  Instead of plagiarizing I’m going to send you over to check out his quick article HERE.  But don’t forget to come on back and tell me what you think.  Where do you sit?

You can also check out each side’s arguments at  www.stopthetvtax.ca and www.localtvmatters.ca

Canadians have three days left to have their say, though I find it hard to be on the side of companies like Bell and Rogers who are constantly screwing me out of money anyway.

-DoubleBitch

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~ by doublebitch on October 29, 2009.

5 Responses to “Finally Someone Explains It”

  1. The article states that the market will settle it. Well, the market usually does settle things, but how, and at what cost? It doesn’t seem right to me to sit back and let the market decide. Is the market ethical? I think we know, now more than ever, that it is not. Then why shouldn’t we do the simple thing of asking for a just solution? Broadcasters should be compensated for their work when it is used by cable companies. Cable companies, just like any other corporation, need to stop gouging everyone for the sake of profit. And consumers need to start using the power to make a change: by sending emails to corporations whose actions are unethical, and also by putting their money where their values are.
    I guess it’s only a reflection of our society’s apathy that we don’t use this power more. As long as we have what we want – including our shows – we don’t care who gets steamrolled on the way.

  2. I’ve been convinced by cable companies commercials. The broadcasters are making far too much money. Canwest filing for bankruptcy protection means their profits were too high this summer, right?

  3. I’m really not sure how powerful e-mails are, because either way, we’ll probably still get cable for the most part.

  4. You’re right, in that emails are a beginning. Consumers need to also act on them. When you don’t agree with a corporation, you boycott it. The Gap and Nike were forced to change some of their habits regarding the use of sweat shops because of bad publicity and boycotts. Imagine if consumers would rally against corporations, one at a time, explaining what their grievances are and sticking to their guns, boycotting specifics until their demands are met.
    It can work – if people are willing to go without some stuff for awhile 😉

  5. And btw, lol @ Kyle’s comment!

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