You might be familiar with the Bruce Springsteen lyric, "Fifty-seven channels and nothing on." You might have even said it.
Every time I think about getting digital cable, I consider how many channels I don't watch on television as it is. And then forget about spending the extra money. (I also still have a VCR and use video tapes instead of a DVR, which makes me something of a dinosaur as well as a limited TV-watcher.) I get the news and sports I want as it is.
In fact, it's fun to go through the list of channels and figure out what stations I never, ever watch -- stations that could go away without a peep from me. I'm not saying they all are without merit, as they fill a variety of niches. It's a matter of personal preference. Let's see ...
MyTV and CW: My wife would miss the 10 o'clock version of the local news, though.
QVC, HSN, Shop NBC: Don't shop on TV.
CTVTO: It's often blacked out locally on cable because of duplication the programming of Buffalo stations.
Discovery: Once in a great while, it shows a special like "Blue Planet." Otherwise, every time I visit the channel there's a picture taken from the front of a taxicab.
Ion: There must be some rhyme or reason to its show lineup.
WNYB/EWTN: God probably will get me, Walter, for not watching.
Lifetime, Hallmark: At least the TV movies keep actresses like Meredith Baxter Birney employed.
Nik, Animal Planet, Toon, Disney: Sorry, no kids in the house.
Syfy: A Twilight Zone episode might make stop dial-hopping for a minute.
BET, Food, Style, Oxygen, HGTV, TLC: Never seen anything that kept me interested for more than a split-second. I'm still wondering how Jon and Kate became so well-known while appearing on TLC.
Univision, Telemundo: My high school Spanish does me little good here.
Spike TV: I'm just not tough enough.
CMT: No thanks.
A&E: This used to be interesting, but it's now just re-runs of network shows -- mostly on crime.
CNN Headline News: If I'm careful, I can avoid Nancy Grace.
TruTV: What happened to Court TV anyway?
History: For a guy who loves history, this rarely has anything watchable.
USA: Ah, no.
MTV, VH1: Where did the music videos go?
E!: Lowest common denominator at its finest.