My Time Warner Cable uses --4-- channels for each of the major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, & FOX).
My gripe, is that gradma should be able to have BASIC cable to see the main local channels and what they offer, News & Weather.
Basic basic USED to be offered, for Year after Year for around $10 a month. Now, since the swap with Comcast, Time Warner has managed to jack up the Basic basic rate to almost $20, and they've removed some channels to boot!
I'll bet the high end cable package rates have not Doubled in the last 7-8 years....
Stick it to the people who can least afford it.... And keep those ruthless stockholders satisfied !!!!!
If your grandma is interested in only the local channels, perhaps now is a good time to consider dropping cable and returning to over-the-air reception via an antenna.
As cities grew and more folks moved out to suburbs, many got basic cable because they just couldn't get decent reception of their local broadcast stations. But now that local broadcasting is digital, that may not be the problem it once was.
Of course, receiving digital broadcasts has its own problems. For most viewers, just putting up a loop + rabbit ears won't cut it anymore. Worse, there are a lot of rip-off antennas being sold that won't necessarily receive all your local stations. In some cases, you may just have to pay someone a few hundred $$ to get set up with a decent outdoor antenna.
But once you do get it working, your reception will be perfect, and your monthly cost will be $0.00. I suspect even the most cash-strapped viewers can afford that.