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The Dissolution Of Segmented Cable Television Stations

By Roy Haynes

Do you remember how cable TV looked going back 20 years? This article is going to take a look at some of the biggest differences in cable TV, comparing what we have today with what we had back then.

Back then, many of the channels were split up into niche channels. There was something for everyone and you could easily find the type of thing that you were interested in or that you felt like watching at that moment.

I want to use the channels Bravo and A&E for examples, both of these channels focused on the niche of fine arts and you could easily flick to these channels to get a guaranteed niche viewing. However, I have noticed that this is sadly not the case anymore. These channels have introduced reality TV and regularly air shows that focus on other types of interest, as have many other once niche channels.

The best examples of this change in behavior are VH1 and MTV. Both were proud to announce that their channel would show nothing but music videos.

These days, you’d be hard pressed to tune into either one of these stations to see a music video being broadcast. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I saw one on either channel.

They are now showing so many reality TV shows that you might not even recognize what channel you are tuned into if you had to guess. Shows such as Rock of Love and MTV’s Jersey Shore dominate the program schedule.

All said there are still some channels that actually do what they are supposed to do, Channels such as The Game Show Network, which actually shows game shows for the majority of the time. Nevertheless, even this one as begun to be affected by the reality TV disease as a new series plans to follow the Newlywed Game host.

I hope that most of these channels that have digressed will eventually turn on their heels and head back to the strong roots that enabled them to grow so well to begin with.

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Haynes, Roy "The Dissolution Of Segmented Cable Television Stations." The Dissolution Of Segmented Cable Television Stations. 2 Jul. 2010. 3 Aug 2014 <>.

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Haynes, Roy "The Dissolution Of Segmented Cable Television Stations"

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