Bad ABC! Walt Disney would not approve . . .

“I’m ashamed to be working for these people.”

When Walt Disney originally built the Disneyland Theme Parks, he didn’t want to charge any admission to them.  Rather, he wanted all families, regardless of income, to be able to enjoy the parks at their leisure, for free.  “Disneyland is a work of love,”  he said.  “We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.”

For this reason, Walt Disney would be absolutely appalled at the current conduct of its company, ABC.  The network has pulled its signal from the airwaves of millions of New York and Northern Jersey Cablevision customers.  ABC took this harsh action,  after it failed to reach an agreement with the cable company regarding ABC’s request for a $40 million fee increase.  The Evil Signal Snatching came about  this morning, just in time to deprive me and millions of other unhappy customers of the right to watch the Oscars on our television screens.   

It was like something out of a Disney movie, with the Walt Disney Company playing the role of villian . . .

“I don’t care about the viewers.  I just want my new FUR COAT!”

Ostensibly, ABC did this to light a fire under Cablevision’s ass, hoping that they would pay up or risk losing viewers.  (It sounds like extortion to me.)  But the real losers here are not Cablevision or ABC, but us, the fans, who will be forced to either watch the Oscars on our computer screens, or not at all.  And if this isn’t resolved soon, who knows what other programs we will miss!

ABC’s actions have shown that, unlike their founding father, Walt Disney, for the network, IT IS, in fact, just about the MONEY . . .

Shame on you, ABC!  Walt Disney is rolling over in his grave right now . . .

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2 responses to “Bad ABC! Walt Disney would not approve . . .

  1. Amazon Annie

    I’m with you 100%. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I’m old enough to remember the time before cable. All network channels were FREE!
    Any channel from 2 to 13 was absolutely free. The companies got their money from the advertising purchased. The more successful the show the higher the advertising cost. This is STILL going on. Just look at all the fuss, and the money spent, on commercials during the superbowl. Cablevision has already gone through a similar argument with HGTV and the Food Network. Time Warner, my company, had their problem with Fox. The end result will be that all of us will wind up paying more for channels which used to be ours for the viewing, free of charge.

    • It’s BAACK! (We missed the opening, however . . . I’ll have to catch that later on Hulu.com, :( )

      A highly unnecessary pissing contest between ABC and Cablevision — here’s hoping they can continue to buck up and play nice with one another, so that us viewers do not have to suffer anymore. . .

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