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Friday, January 02, 2009

Los Angeles Nationalizes Cable Television

While revelers were ringing in the new year at the stroke of midnight, the image on public access cable television channels switched to the following:



Okay just kidding but it was just as bad:

 
As expected the City took over control of the public access channels once owned by Time-Warner Cable.  It was getting a little hairy because of a dust-up between Time-Warner and Viacom there was a chance that stations such as MTV, BET, VH-1 and TV Land would also go dark on Time-Warner cable systems. Fortunately the two media giants settled their difference at the last minute but had they not the City would have taken over those channels as well and TV Land would have traded airing classic episodes of I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch and Bonanza to re-runs of Huell Howser Roots Through John Ferraro's Desk Drawer, Ruth Galanter and Friends and Mike Hernandez's Coke Time Fun Hour.

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8 Comments:

Blogger dgarzila said:

welcome to socialism..... it is just the beginning.

IN a way I am glad that public access is dead.... I don't have cable and many people can't afford cable so as to view public access . You have to pay for cable to get public access.

Compare the price of cable to dsl now a days .

The revolution is not going to happen on cable public access, but on the internet. There are many ways to stream your shows : video and audio, over the internet's.


If you need any help , send me a line.

IRony is that the word verification I have to type in looks like this.

looniz

January 02, 2009 5:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, many ways to stream your shows, video and audio over the internet.

Do you think the Barack Obama revolution would have happened on the internet, only, without cable?

So what if you can post a video on the internet. Who is going to see it, Don? It's called public access, not public promoter.

And anyway, just because you have the internet, doesn't mean you have to kill the old medium.

When TV came out, people didn't say, "you don't need radio anymore.

Don, you are a really nice, sweet, naive guy who ends up getting used by the politicians who spin you like a pinwheel.

O.K. Don. I need help! Are you going to get my message about the mayor's City Hall shennanigans in front of 400,000-500,000 households?

January 02, 2009 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is there anything more depressing than the image of Monseur Higby taking a photo of his TV in a dim room?

January 02, 2009 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How do you know Higby took the picture?

January 02, 2009 1:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh that's right. It could have been taken by one of the many pseudonyms Higby uses when he posts here.

January 02, 2009 3:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is the reason you're concerned? What if he got off the web?

January 02, 2009 5:32 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

The internet is where everyone will be getting even their television.

Go to cnet.com and learn.

Barack Obama paid for those paid advertisements on cable television and even cnn get's it's information from different blog sites on the internet.

Naivete is those who think that people are watching them on public access when I think many of us are getting the information when it is streamed on the internet

Compare the cost of cable television to dsl now a days. DSL is much cheaper. Controlling public access is just not going to help anyone.

What these politicos despise are the blogs on the internet. That is something they can not control. It is the internet that is being streamed to our brand new LCD television sets and soon wifi will be free for everyone if yahoo gets its way.
The internet has brought about the democratization of information .

January 03, 2009 9:31 AM  

Blogger XJW in Eagle Rock said:

Public access: where old porno starlets go to die, and the preachers that are too ugly for TBN get air-time.

January 04, 2009 6:34 PM  

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