Their retaliation for not renting a DTV box was viewer punishment in a reduction of channels.Where black-and-white speckled snow and horizontal and vertical lines were the side effects of poor reception from antennas, digital TV has introduced us to snippets of interruptions, from skewed audio and a freeze-frame of pixels.As Cablevision proceeded under the guise of "digital conversion" to axe nearly ten channels, one being my Monday-night affair with the Travel Channel's with the effervescent Anthony Bourdain, the edgy NYC Master Chef who took his culinary skills to a new art as he traveled across the world; his appetite was quenched with delicacies that normally bring the cast of and a handful of others.When February 2009 crept in, so did the crawls below my favorite shows -- as cable was back to their old tricks of devouring another 15 channels without even a burp.Extorting more money out of the consumer disguised as "better HD viewing." Seething over something in NYC and feel no one's listening? Having a meltdown over a city issue you're peeved about? If you live in the city and need to vent, email me with your gripe at [email protected] let your voice be heard. Maybe my reluctance is because I abhor change, but frankly the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" adage applies here.
Undisclosed sources, experts on reverse technology have informed that any television set manufacture after 1995 has the capability not only to receive a broadcast signal, but to also send one.
Then in February 2008 over a three-day period, MTV ran a crawl at the bottom of the screen informing viewers their channels would be lost as cable was preparing to nix the music video from "the basic" line up, urging the music aficionados to call a specific telephone number to complain.
They banded together and successfully kept MTV on the air, but that's where my viewing pleasure ended.
Color television was LSD brought into the living room, later exploited by Turner Network Television for Turner Movie Classics and TNT with a colorization of old black & white films, and digitally remastered disintegrating color films -- for cable viewing as we know it.
For over a decade, I moved through pockets of the city like most New Yorkers -- rabbit ears and Joan Crawford's beloved wire hangers reigning in my TV reception, from sublets in the West Village, to illegal dwellings on the Upper West Side, to final relaxation in a diminutive rent-stabilized Hell's Kitchen abode.
Nielsen will definitely witness a decrease of viewing households this quarter by the cable company's withholding of the aforementioned stations for more monies.