To the point, I'd gladly pay $20 per month to get SportsNet LA. There. I said it. And wouldn't you? Given all the garbage force fed to me by my cable company, I'd be happy to shell out the big bucks for a dedicated Dodgers channel. But Cox Cable, like DirecTV, Comcast, AT&T, and all others, insists on giving me a diaper full of channels I never watch. Then they raise their rates year after year to continue giving them to me.
OK, let's not talk about the merits of an "a la carte" subscription TV service. It has it's issues.
I get it that for some people, they've had enough of the rate increases. And there are plenty of people out there who could care less about a 24/7 Dodgers channel. But those whining about the rumored increase of $5 per month per subscriber to get SportsNet LA are hypocrites. I pay $80 each month for my cable service and have never watched "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," or "American Horror Story." Great shows, I hear. They're just not for me. Yet I'm paying for them in some fashion. If Cox suddenly had to raise their rates $5 per month to continue carrying AMC, you better believe the zombies would be out in full force demanding to keep their channel.
To be clear, this isn't just about watching live games on TV for most fans. Sure, that's the bulk of it. But I want all Dodgers all the time: Spring Training, the off season, documentaries, interviews, backstage, all of it. SportsNet LA and the MLB Network and I'm good. There's a lot there for my money and I'm willing to pay for it.
Yeah, I know, watching the Dodgers on TV used to be "free." And haircuts used to cost $.75. Life happens. Adjust, or not. The choice is yours. For me, I want to follow the Dodgers 24/7 and I'm thankful that Time Warner is providing the service.
If I could only get Cox to agree.
--by Robert Timm