On my commute to work this morning I saw an ad for the Epix cable channel. It blared: Captain America - The First Avenger, premiering in April, with the tagline "We Have Epic Movies", or something similar, plastered below the headline. I stood there thinking: So what?!? I've had the Blu-ray since October, watched it twice at my leisure and on my schedule. I don't have to wait months to watch a movie on television in pan and scan and with logos plastered all over the screen the whole time. Then it hit me: Why am I paying for cable television? I HATE the way cable has morphed into extensions of the broadcast networks. Once-great channels like AMC and even Sci-Fi (excuse me, I mean SyFy) are nothing more than pay-TV versions of Fox, where everything looks the same and everybody copies what everybody else does. I subscribed to a premium package when I first got cable. Had all the cool movie channels, thought I was on top of the world. Once I realized I was paying through the nose to watch edited movies that were "compressed for time" in pan and scan I dropped the premium and stuck with basic. This was the mid 90's, before Survivor changed the world and they still played music videos on VH1. Today, when network executives aren't busy copying other shows they're falling over eachother trying to one-up the lastest hot concept and coming up with ways to cram even more junk across the bottom of TV screens in an effort to "keep viewers informed". The only show I watch religiously on cable is The Walking Dead. Once in a while I'll catch part of one of those shows where they turn abandoned property into dream homes. I NEVER watch movies on cable. Why should I put up with all the clutter and commercials and watch something on their schedule when I have a virtual video store at my fingertips? If not movies, then what's left to watch on cable? (I'm not into sports). I can't tell NBC apart from the Discovery Channel and vice versa. When this has occured, there's no reason to pay for something if you can get it for free over the air.