Come Be Screwed

December 22, 2014 at 4:35 am Leave a comment

Because of the clear and present danger that’s part of living here in the fatherland of litigation, I can’t mention the name of the particular television network I’m referring to in the subject line, but perhaps some of you will intuit it from a clue hidden in that same subject line: Come Be Screwed.

The reason for all of the aggravation I had to go through today is the result of falling for those age old simple tricks of misdirection, omission, and implied but never fully clarified promises. This last technique is similar to the one used by car dealers who will ask “If I can put you in this car for $xxxx.xx down and $xxx.xx a month, will you buy it today?”. Parse that one a bit and you’ll see that the salesperson never actually said he could deliver that car for those amounts, but you’ve flipped a switch in your head and created an implicit agreement to buy that car of theirs.

But I digress…

I signed on to pay for this particular program that would give me, as they said in the ads for it, access to my favorite programs, including back episodes. Their words….

What was omitted was that in return for my “less than” $6.00 a month I would get a plethora of commercials with every episode, commercials that you can’t speed through or skip past, and that there was a finite limit to how far back I could go in finding those episodes. Whereas $6.00 is not the sort of amount that would be a deal breaker, it’s certainly a bite in the ass to have to pay that amount to watch the very same commercials and tv show episodes that are broadcast for free.

Wait, there’s more….

There are only a few on the air t.v. programs that I really enjoy watching (no cable at home, read this to understand why) because of their writing and acting, two for example would be “Mom” and “Person Of Interest”, not that I’m saying that these shows are on the network referred to above, even though they are. On those days that I’m not working on location and happen to be at home I’ll usually try to catch these shows, so the idea of being able to go back and watch the pilot and those previous season’s missed episodes that I never was able to watch really lured me in. And by getting this service and thereby get an understanding of how the characters on those shows evolved to be who they are now sounded like a fine solution, a bonus if you will. 

Good luck with that…

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