NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Last week, TheStreet's Leon Lazaroff published a pair of articles that perfectly channel the anger much of America feels toward cable and satellite companies as well as big media conglomerates.In Time Warner Cable ( TWC - Get Report ) Are You Listening? Cord-Cutting is Coming and Sick and Tired of the Cable-TV Bundle: Media Reader Mail, Leon does a nice job setting the most socially-acceptable scene:
Cable is a rip-off. We're tired of paying for channels we don't watch. We're even more sick of squabbles between cable companies and content providers. And we've had it so up to here that we're ready to cut the cord.
How quickly and in what numbers people decide to cut the cord is anyone's guess ... (but) in an era of $4 gasoline paying $100 a month for watching TV, something most households do for five hours a day, is hardly the first expense families are looking to cut during times of belt-tightening.Exactly. Because, despite all the hemming and hawing about the cost and structure of cable packages, they're a damn good deal, even for the cash-strapped. Riffs to the contrary amount to little more than misplaced anger. Where's the outrage toward movie theater operators such as Regal Entertainment Group (RGC)? Go run the numbers on a family of four making a day or night of it at the movies? Without loser tricks such as seeing the 11:00 a.m. show, sneaking in a bag of bulk sweets and nuts from the grocery store or finding free street parking, a family of four is easily in for around a hundred bucks.