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Is Patrick Goldstein Stealing His Cable?

Patrick Goldstein makes some good if rather familiar and predictable points about TV’s qualitative superiority to movies in his latest Los Angeles Times column about the movie “Date Night,” but then a line near the bottom stopped me in my tracks.

After raving about shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” along with various HBO series, Goldstein writes, “In today’s world, where movies are packaged and previewed like a new underarm deodorant, the best entertainment can be had for free. Just turn on your TV.”

This implies one of two possible options: Either Goldstein is living in the 1970s, or he’s stealing his cable. Because last I checked, most people subscribing to cable, satellite or telco are paying at least $90 a month, especially if they ante up for HBO and other pay channels.

A pissy bit of nitpicking? Well, sort of (hey, it’s me), but not really. After all, broadcasters are increasingly pushing to be paid for retransmission rights from cable/satellite operators — and those fees go directly into our monthly bills.

Anyway, if Goldstein is really getting his TV free these days, to paraphrase a line from another famous comedy, “I’ll have what he’s having.”

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