- you bring up a good point - people pay a lot of money for various services that they barely use. I don't even have children or a long commute and barely get to watch an hour of TV on a weeknight (if I watch TV or anything at all), and on the weekends it's maybe up to 10 hours if I have nothing else going on and the weather is bad, however, in the summer my TV may stay off for days at a time.
I have an antenna, and pay-per-event for sports I pay to watch - and that gives me more then I could ever watch.
I'm a big fan of free radio (listen all day at work, during my drive, and doing tasks throughout the weekend) - especially the sports stations - why pay $50+tax or more for TSN and SN on TV when you can get almost every local sporting event for free on the radio (from the same networks in most cases)? Also I can pick up games from all over the place on the radio that aren't even on TV (except for even more $ in league passes). I bring my radio with me for walks, to the park, or even when I'm working out or working on tasks around the house - it's great, free, and I can keep on top of my favourite sports for nothing - and in fact radio has much more in depth commentary than TV. I barely watch a baseball game on TV, but probably listen to 100's a year on the radio starting this time of year through the playoffs - all for free.
I guess growing up in the 70's and 80's, and without any sports cable channels, radio was the only way to hear a game most nights, and you can pick up channels from all over the place - I've just grown up with it and I'm use to it - and use to the price.
In Southern Ontario, I can listen to baseball games from Toronto, New York (Mets and Yankees), Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago (Cubs), and Detroit on any given night with ease. Some nights I can pick up Cincinnati, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Chicago (White Sox), and even further - and other games are on various sports channels without programming. If I don't like any of them, the radio broadcasts are usually free on the team's website.
I enjoy it - and enjoy saving the money.