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Why Do Cable Networks Show "Independence Day" and "Men In Black" So Frequently?

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posted on May, 9 2009 @ 11:03 AM

Originally posted by justsomeboreddude
reply to post by janon

Nice. A star for you. I love "A Christmas Story". My kids and I watch it like 5 times during that 24 hour period.

But never forget.. you'll shoot your eye'll shoot your eye'll shoot your eye'll shoot your eye out

Its obviously part of the gun control agenda

Touché! I guess people really do like it that much!

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 11:24 AM
I don't get it either. Instead of showing old classics they recycle the same stuff again and again.

Maybe they want to plant the belief that all aliens are trouble, mean to do trouble, or best kept out of the public eye because, well, they are 'trouble'.

Doesn't it make people want to throw themselves off buildings, seeing the same tripe again and again... and again.

Especially when they can't afford to buy subscribed channels for the blasts of the past.

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 11:33 AM
I know I just watched "Independence Day" the other night. MIB was on a couple weeks ago and "Deep Impact" was on last weekend. I have noticed a lot of shows about aliens and the end of the world lately on tv. I think with 2012 coming and so many people talking about it as well as UFO's that the cable companies know people will watch them so they play them. There could be more to it who knows, but that's how I kind of look at it. As far as MIB that movie always seems to be on for years as well as Independence Day. They were pretty big movies when they came out so it's no surprise they show the crap out of them now.

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 11:58 AM
To quote talkbackers from my favourite movie sites " Will Smith gotta eat"
I think that Independence Day is the more entertaining of the two, I especially love the rest of the world sitting at the end drinking tea and looking beat the they get the telegrams "The Americans have a plan, well about bloody time"
Thank god for America, slightly propogandaish is you ark me

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.

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 01:13 PM
The PTB are trying to desensitize those folks that only watch TV is my guess. Meanwhile, the majority of other people, (us) are actively seeking answers and knowledge regarding the upcoming events that will enlighten all of mankind to the alien presence. Just my 2 cents folks.

[edit on 9-5-2009 by CelticMist]

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 02:05 PM
Because Will Smith is an alien. snoogans.

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 02:13 PM
yea you figured it out there einstein.

what their good movies, how dare you not call them classics. you must be pretty out of touch or unable to count. the box office grosses from those movies are some of the highest in history.

You must have your tin foil hat on to tight if you think that their not classics. I mean people who like those art house flicks are all losers. Noone normal likes those movies, its only that lunatic fringe in Hollywood that even watch them.

Ya know here are some other conspiracies that prove the classics are out to amke us learn to make contact.
Revenge of the nerds is on like every weekend, maybe their prepping us for silicon valley to stop being antisocial.
Mad Max is on all the time and maybe their prepping us for mohawks and lots of fringe on jackets.

i mean i could go on and on does anybody think this stuff through in their heads before posting? Or do they just manage to vomit this stuff out on a regular basis?

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 02:50 PM
reply to post by CelticMist

That's me too; I have *never* seen any of these films or series people are talking about.

TPTB must try harder with their brain washing.

Will they start on the internet soon for people who don't watch TV?

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 02:53 PM
reply to post by VelmaLu


I have noticed Men In Black and MIB II on a lot lately, but it has only been on the same channel. Independence Day has been on quite a bit too, but then again it was a huge success, just like MIB. I don't really think that there is much of a conspiracy here. Then again, if they all start showing MIB, Independence Day, Armageddon, Signs, ET, etc., over and over again, then I might have something different to say.

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 03:06 PM
Men in Black is about to begin on USA!

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 03:07 PM
Creative or semicreative boardam? I think some of the TV network studio guys need to look into a serious hobby...

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 03:40 PM
reply to post by MsSmartypants

That and aliens, abyss , scary movie 4.....all movies involving alien craft or creatures of some part.

It's past coincidence when the showings of these become more frequent.

I already know for my self that they are hinting to us.

The same people who produce these movies know the same people who run the networks that shows these on re-run.

It's pretty obvious, unless you are close minded .

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 05:40 PM
I've noticed MIB does air a lot more than I D but it's just the way those movies circulate.
It's still nothing when compared to Shark Week

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 06:08 PM
I choose my movies rather than the dreck that often pervades the wasteland of Cable television. I say go to your dvd player, and upload a new classic like Sunshine.
Or mybe an old classic like Forbidden Planet. Both have more intelligent insights to our world today, than talking bugs, or space comedies served in sanguine doses of dumbed down pathos.
Stand up for your viewing pleasure! We may not have much more time to peruse it.

Be good to yourself, no one else will!

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 06:09 PM
reply to post by MsSmartypants


I've noticed lately alot of television and movie companies and such are cashing in on the "hip black male" paradigm, ever since the start of the Obama campaign. You see a lot more black males in commercials and ads these days, far more than you would have seen one or two years ago. They're possibly attempting to mimick the success of the "Obama brand" i.e. bank on America's eager willingness to self-decieve...

Also, Independance Day and Men in Black were both very successful movies, and Will Smith is still as popular as ever. Those movies get guaranteed viewers, and that means more ratings and more money for the networks.

Add to the mix them trying to prep us for their imminent ET arrival...

I'm sure the real reason is somewhere between those 3 possibilities...

[edit on 9-5-2009 by mostlyspoons]

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 06:12 PM
reply to post by MsSmartypants

what a conspiracy you have.

its a ploy to get teenage girls honing after Will Smith silly

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 06:12 PM
reply to post by MsSmartypants

Will Smith is a big money maker dude.

Oh plus they want to get us used to the idea that Aliens will one day be coming to Earth to kick our asses. Maybe I should have put that one first!

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 07:21 PM
Independence day is on the Biography channel right now. And Men In Black one and two are playing on TNT today as well. I didn't know that when I started this thread. Honest.

[edit on 5/9/2009 by MsSmartypants]

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 08:28 PM
I may have to take back what I posted earlier about the way these movies just circulate over and over. Maybe there is a hidden message that Hollywood may be trying to tell us in these movies and it jjust hit me what that message is.
I'm talking about the scene in I.D. when the crazy pacifist looneys try to befriend the aliens by welcoming them with open arms only to learn the hard way that these aliens don't want peace at all, so they instead fry these pacifists to kingdon come.
Reminds me of the libs that want nothing more than to befriend folks like Al Qaeda and the Taliban and Gitmo detainees.
Not OT, just call it as I see it.

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