During today’s announcement that Olbie has signed on with al-Gorezeera, they told a few big uns, you know, lies, such as this one reported by Politico’s Keach Hagey.
But the pristine environment that Current TV provides comes with challenges. It’s much lower rated than Olbermann’s past home at MSNBC, though Gore was quick to point out that Current now has more subscribers (60 million households) in the U.S. than MSNBC did when Olbermann started “Countdown” in 2003. Still, Current TV is usually only available on the digital tier of cable boxes, whereas MSNBC, now available in 85 million homes, is typically part of a basic cable package.
Current TV is part of Time Warner Cable’s Variety Pack. TWC customers do not subscribe, they’re stuck with it. If I don’t want al-Gorezeera, I have to cancel the package, losing in the process the quality programming of the Fox Business Network, Military Channel, Reelz Channel, Speed, Military History Channel and others.
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