No, despite my rant from last night after getting screwed in the ending (yes I fall on that side of the debate), I did not drop HBO because of the Sopranos ending. I've been planning on dropping it for months now, but refused because of the Sopranos. Why?
- Other than The Sopranos none of the other shows held my attention
- Yes I do like Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm but neither one of those impact Americana like The Sopranos and besides, living in NJ you are required to watch it weekly.
- The movies are outdated and if you really wanted to see one, you either bought the DVD or rented it via NetFlix
- Check out the lineup for today, does anything on their really compel you to pay around $20 per month for it. I realize that they update the information, but I'm not afraid to show a continuously changing link because I think it will still prove my point day after day
- Their premier sports, Boxing has so little impact on the Sports community that you are better off watching boxing reruns on ESPN Classic. How about Inside The NFL? If that isn't a complete waste of your time to see the previous week's clips and commentary that you can get any day on ESPN, than I don't know what is.
Back in the day, you had to own HBO if you wanted to see any decent movies. Now? There are so many things that vie for your attention that you can pass on it. The movies are useless unless you need to see the same movie over and over again and none of the shows except the ones mentioned above grabbed my attention and that includes Deadwood and 6 Feet Under.
The Sopranos besides being compelling TV year after year, was HBO's one holdover from an era when it was must-pay-for-subscription TV. It was the link to its glory days as a channel and sadly broadband, NetFlix, DVD sales, World of Warcraft, and the multitudes of viewing options has reduced this once proud channel to a monthly service charge on your cable bill that reminds me of AT&T's Carrier Cost Recovery Fee.
Oh, one final thought to everyone that thinks this was so brilliant of a move by HBO and Chase regarding the surprise ending. Will it stop HBO disconnects or increase subscriptions? I doubt it because what does the show ending have to do with selling the HBO franchise. It may help with DVD sales but that's at least 6 months away (my guess) where the cache of the non-ending will have worn off. All of that buzz and traffic? It may help David Chase and immortalize (if it wasn't already) The Sopranos, but HBO? Other than DVD sales, it won't provide help. Heck, A&E which plays the reruns will get more out of it.