posted on May, 9 2009 @ 12:46 PM
Oh, people, that's not it.
The short explanation is that cable stations are first and foremost about selling advertising. With "30 channels of # on the tv to choose from" you
have to create something of interest and the cost of actually creating content is expensive.
Cheap programming is why you have so many channels running back-to-back episodes of the Beverly Hillbillies, I Love Lucy and
Mayberry. They're practically free.
Older episodes of shows in syndication are less expensive, then newer episodes, then reruns of network productions, with original programming the most
expensive. Some stations simply show old episodes of their own original programming, such as the History Channel or Bravo.
There's a timeline in the life of most movies, starting with being shown in premium theaters, then moving to discount theaters, then DVD (with the
same time being on cable on demand and the movie channels), then a major network television channel, then finally over and over again on cable.
Somewhere in there is a release to foreign markets. This is how a movie grosses tens of millions of dollars. It's a system and unless the movie is
truly bad (as in worse than Beverly Hills Chihuahua) it usually follows this course.
These cable channels purchase the rights to air a movie, usually for about a month at a time, and then show it over and over again, to fill up air
time with something which is a guarantee to bring in some viewers. Sometimes, two channels will show the same movie and premium movie channels (like
HBO, Showtime) will show older movies to fill in around their astronomically expensive original programming.
These networks don't give a darn what they show, it's all about selling advertising. That's why these movies have tons and tons of ads for your
local cable company, because they couldn't find a local buyer to fill the time.
It is likely that these shows have a guaranteed audience and the UFO theme simply reflects our interests.
Hollywood is all about money, not content.