SmithAir747 wrote:I was born in 1975, so here goes...
TSS wrote:TV channels showing old black & white movies late at night, many of which were classics, instead of infomercials.
In the US, digital TV has created sub-channels that the mainline stations don't know what to do with, so they are leasing them out to outfits like Decades and MeTV who do a lot of what you are suggesting, showing old-time content.
Guess what? They are doing pretty good with this strategy:
Katz found that the eight top networks available on digital subchannels — MeTV, Grit, Antenna TV, Laff, Escape, This TV, Bounce TV, and Create — were more widely available than leading cable channels such as Food Network, CNN, Discovery Channel, and TBS. The report also found that in Nielsen live-plus-seven household ratings, the top digital network, MeTV ranked 20th out of all cable and broadcast networks, ahead of cable channels such as A&E, FX, Lifetime, TLC, Bravo, and MTV.
“People consider [digital networks] a last-tier option for an advertising investment when, in fact, they’re performing at or above a level of cable networks that are consistently considered for investment,” says Stacey Schulman, executive VP of strategy and analytics for Katz Media Group.
Ref: https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/digita ... 202578117/
I cut the cord a few years ago and I'm pretty happy with over-the-air TV plus internet streaming.