13-channel TV

It seems lately, the hotels I’m staying at only give me 15 or so channels. Which really wouldn’t be so bad if they were 15 I actually liked. I don’t even need 15; just give me 13. I mean, how many news channels and ESPNs do I really need?

And HBO family? C’mon. I’ve already see ‘That Thing You Do!’ about a million times. I don’t need the Weather Channel since I have Weather.com on my laptop. I don’t even need all the over-the-air networks.

So give me the 15 I want:

  1. FOX
  2. NBC
  3. Cinemax (hey, it’s lonely on the road)
  4. Comedy Central
  5. Hallmark (I gotta have my MASH fix)
  6. Game Show Network
  7. Nick at Nite
  8. ESPN
  9. MSNBC
  10. VH1
  11. TBS
  12. WGN
  13. HBO

What would be your 13?


  1. HBO
  2. ESPN
  3. FOX
  4. Skinemax
  5. Comedy Central
  6. SciFi Channel
  7. WGN (Cubs)
  8. WTBS
  9. Nick At Night
  10. CNN
  11. FOXNews
  12. FOXSportsWest2 (Dodgers)
  13. Local network affiliate for local news and weather
  1. Comedy Central
  2. Food TV
  3. HBO
  4. Travel
  5. PBS
  6. Cinemax
  7. F/X
  8. Showtime
  9. TLC
  10. Sci-Fi
  11. History Channel
  12. VH1
  13. Bravo
  1. CNN
  2. MSNBC
  3. TV Land
  4. TCM
  5. Fox Movies
  6. Discovery
  7. History
    8-13. CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, PBS

(Yes, if forced to choose I’d give up Comedy Central)

What I want is not 13 channels of TV, but a 13-channel TV. They were only made briefly in 1946-47 when most people lived too far from a TV station and those who didn’t were more intent on getting a new car. After that Channel 1 was handed over to two-way radio. As a result the sets are very rare.

  1. Comedy Central
  2. Cartoon Network
  3. Nickelodeon
  4. Discovery Channel
  5. HGTV
  6. Sci-Fi
  7. TLC
  8. Travel
  9. TCM
  10. PBS
  11. History
  12. Game Show Network
  13. Tech TV (G4)

(I’m an adult, but I LOVE cartoons!)

Aaarrrggghhh!!! I forgot the Food Channel! OK…dump Nick At Night, and give me my fix of Rachel and Alton.

  1. FOX (N.Y. feed)
  2. FOX (Phil. Feed)
  3. CBS (N.Y. feed)
  4. CBS (Phil. Feed)
  5. NBC (N.Y. feed)
  6. ABC (N.Y. feed)
  7. NFL Network
  8. ESPN
  9. USA
  10. TNT
  11. Discovery
  12. I’ll let my wife pick this one.
  13. She can pick this one too.

All feeds in High-Def, please. I’ll be needing both the New York and Philadelphia feeds for FOX and CBS because the different feeds show different football games (one of the nice things about living between the two cities).

Now then…why the hell to I pay for 400+ channels again?

My cable box goes as high as 1034, and I doubt I even WATCH 13 channels.


  1. History Channel
  2. A&E
  3. Comedy Central
  4. Trio
  5. Cartoon Network
  6. G4-Tech TV
  7. HBO
  8. Starz
  9. VH1 Classic

might as well fill out the rest with some network channels, although I NEVER watch primetime shows live since I want to see them as they were intended - in widescreen (although I often make an exception for 24 since I can’t stand to wait a day until the HDTV capture shows up online) and I can’t yet afford a HDTV (WHY OH WHY can’t they just broadcast them in widescreen on standard-def tv too???)

  1. Fox
  2. NBC
  3. Comedy Central
  4. Food Network
  5. Cartoon Network
  6. FX
  7. USA
  8. Spike TV
  9. PBS
  10. ABC
  11. CBS
  12. CNN
  13. Does Spice count?
  1. F/X
  2. Food Network
  3. VH1–I’m hooked on that damn “Best Week Ever”.
  4. ESPN2
  5. ESPN
  6. FOX Sports
  7. BBC America-anyone else watching this?
  8. Fox
  9. ABC
  10. NBC
  11. CBS
  12. Discovery
  13. Cartoon Network–For the kids.

*If forced to choose only one channel, it would definitely be F/X.

In no particular order:

  1. Cartoon Network
  2. Comedy Central
  3. PBS
  4. CBS
  5. NBC
  6. ABC
  7. FOX
  8. Food Network
  9. HBO
  10. IFC
  11. Sundance
  12. TLC
  13. A & E

Oooh, let me amend my last post. I would substitute FX for A & E.

  1. ABC
  2. NBC
  3. CBS
  4. WGN
  5. FOX
  6. FOOD
  7. A&E
  8. Discovery
  9. TLC
  10. PAX
  11. HGTV
  12. TNT
  13. PBS

(I watch little to no TV shows, so I don’t need the networks for that. However, I’ll need to add them to make sure college and NFL football is covered.)

  1. ESPN
  2. ESPN 2
  3. WGN (Cubs)
  4. ABC
  5. FOX
  6. Fox News
  7. CBS
  8. NBC
  9. HGTV (The only channel my wife watches. I need to have this to keep her occupied while I watch my sports!)

Honestly, I can’t think of any others I would watch these days. I mean, I like some of the shows on Nick at Night and have nothing against stuff on other channels. I like A&E and nature and history type stuff but I just never turn it on. I’ve got too many DVDs to watch!