Saturday, October 10, 2009
Do you watch local TV? Do you think local TV matters? Imagine for a moment if it didn't exist. There would be no outlet for local information. Missing children, health concerns, road closures, local weather, local sports, etc. In addition to that, there would be no support for local charities that look to local TV personalities to host events, and depend on the local station for promotion. Local businesses would have no where to advertise what they have to offer.
That could be the reality very soon. Conventional television is changing. Think back to when you were a kid and you had the choice of several channels. For me, it was about 3 or 4. Now, consider how many options you have to choose from. The proverbial pie is being sliced so small that is in impossible for small stations to make a go of it.
Now, for a moment...imagine that you made a really cool item. Whatever your hobby is, pretend you made the most beautiful quilt or exquisite piece of furniture. Then, someone comes along and takes it from you. (he has every right to) He walks down the street and sells it for a nice profit to someone else. How would that make you feel? Cheated? I would think so.
That is exactly what is happening to local TV stations by large cable companies. For years, they have been supplying consumers with our local signals, charging them for it, and paying us NOTHING for our product. Is that fair? We think not, so we are fighting back. We are not asking cable companies to charge you more, we just want them to pay for what they are taking for free.
For more information, visit this website. Let your voice be heard! http://localtvmatters.ca/about/