Americans won’t pay “twice” for TV?

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“There’s a fundamental difference between paying for radio and paying for a channel on TV,” writes syndicated columnist Ben Grabow. People don’t give money to PBS, he says, because “television, unlike radio, requires a subscription” and viewers don’t want to “pay twice” for a TV connection and content. Not accounting for digital over-the-air signals, Grabow writes, “a new television fresh from the box, unlike its black and white predecessor, offers nothing but fuzz” and “with local stations scaling back the analog signal, [it] all but requires a monthly cable or satellite fee.”

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