With its newly debuted “Skinny Bundles,” Dish Network purports to have resolved the problem of cable and satellite subscribers paying for channels they never watch. Nice try, Dish Network, but your new idea does no such thing for me. Their concept is to start with a “small” package of 50 channels that is reasonably priced and give their customers the option to choose to add on (or not) packages of channels that they like and avoid packages of channels that they don’t like. That sounds like a good concept on paper, right? If I had the option, I would choose only the packages of sports, news, and local channels – and skip all rest.
But the trouble is that the package Dish starts out with (which it calls “Flex Pack Core”) contains mostly channels that I don’t watch, such as AMC, TNT, USA, TBS, Cartoon Network, A&E, HGTV, and E!. About the only channel in that package that I watch is CNN. There’s no way to exclude any of those channels. And to add insult to injury, I must pay extra to add packages of the channels that I do watch, such as ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, Fox Sports 1, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and my local channels. The concept would be great if I didn’t have to start out with the package of mostly crummy channels that I never watch. So, basically, Dish’s solution solves nothing, forcing me to take a bunch of lousy channels in order to pay extra to get the channels I actually want. No thanks, Dish.