Letter to the editor

TV has progressed, not for the better

When we first married in 1953, we obtained a new black-and-white television with a 9-inch screen.

We had a television antenna on our roof, and we did get several stations, and, if you tried for it, long-range stations. It had what they would call a “snowy screen.”

We didn’t have to pay for a television station, and we didn’t have to pay for our antenna’s connection. This meant we did not have a bill to pay to watch our television.

As programs were added, they started making the televisions larger. Then came the big surprise — color television.

Now, you have a larger television, and they can put three things on the screen now. You can’t read anything so the next thing to do is to make the screens bigger.

Now, we have to do something to make everything different. Let’s create a program station where you will not have to watch advertisements if you paid for it.

Here starts the cost of owning a television to watch all the advertisements, and with cable television, you will have advertisement-free programming.

So we bought cable television, and we paid for it by the month, then we started to get special programming, and the costs started to increase. So if you wanted special programs, it would cost you a little bit more each month.

So, now we have a special service and a color television. Next, we have more things coming, and we get flat screens, 60-inch screens, 98-inch screens, so we can see the writing.

And we start to increase the things on the screen — two or three pictures at the same time — and you can read the writing or the numbers that are on the screen.

Our next surprise is that our bill starts getting bigger. Now, we have an expense that we did not have before. We’re told that the airways are free, but we’re still getting a bill every month for what comes across the free air.

I would be happy with the TV program that took only about 10 minutes of my hour to give me an advertisement.

So my bottom line: The airways are not free. The garbage that is on it is really not wanted, and we are stuck with it. We do not want the garbage they send to us, but we’re still stuck with it.

The only thing we get today that is free on air is the radio. We still get a lot of garbage, but the airways seem to be a little better.

I think someone should start a class-action lawsuit against the TV stations. They’re charging us for the stuff they put on a screen and having us pay for it, and they are getting paid for all the advertisements.

I think a lot of people would volunteer to sign onto that lawsuit.

Gerald Balasco

Altoona

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