What if you had your own TV service?

An idea that’s been floating through my head after thinking about the kinds of shows I watch (and realizing that I don’t watch all that much American TV, and a lot of foreign TV) is one of what channels would you have if you could have any channels available in the world.

For me personally, it would be a heavy focus on two areas – news and sports. Before I get to my channel list, let me set out the challenge to you: What if you had your own TV service? What channels would you want to have if money, time and satellite coverage were not issues?

So, without further ado, here’s my channel list.

Local Channels

A note about local channels: There will be multiple listings for some channels and networks because of the fact some stations in my area carry multiple signals, plus the local channels would all be brought in by antenna, so the actual list would vary from day to day πŸ˜‰

  • WISC (TV3, Madison – CBS; no subchannels)
  • WTMJ (Channel 4, Milwaukee – NBC, 1 subchannel – 4.2, Weather Plus)
  • WITI (Channel 6, Milwaukee – Fox, no subchannels)
  • WGN (Channel 9, Chicago – CW, no subchannels; for sport in HD)
  • WMVS (Channels 10-1 through 10-7, Milwaukee -  various PBS networks)
  • WISN (Channel 12, Milwaukee – ABC, no subchannels)
  • WMTV (Channel 15, Madison – NBC, 1 subchannel, weather)
  • WVTV (Channel 18, Milwaukee – CW, no subchannels)
  • WHA (Channel 21, Madison – PBS, varying subchannels)
  • WCGV (Channel 24, Milwaukee – My Network, possibly 1 subchannel)
  • WKOW (Channel 27, Madison – ABC; no subchannels, NO logo over all pictures!)
  • WMVT (Channel 36, Milwaukee – PBS HD)
  • WMSN (Channel 47, Madison – Fox, unknown subchannels)
  • WDJT (Channel 58, Milwaukee, 2 subchannels – WMLW & Me TV)
  • WYTU (Channel 63, Milwaukee, analog only, Telemundo)
  • And some religious channels that I can’t be stuffed listing πŸ˜‰

Entertainment channels

Now, all of these channels would be in HD or Widescreen, when possible. Note that this is definitely not an exhaustive list as I’m probably not aware of all the channels in the world. πŸ™‚

  • A&E
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Home & Living
  • TLC
  • Animal Planet
  • Cartoon Network
  • Boomerang
  • Nickelodeon (the channel that airs the good shows)
  • TV Land
  • HDNet
  • TBS
  • TNT (not so much for the programming, but for the six races in summer)
  • UKTV (Aust.)
  • Other UKTV Networks (UK)
  • G4TechTV (Canada)
  • How-to Channel (Aust.)
  • Discovery RealTime (UK)
  • BBC America (before it went to pot)
  • Travel Channel
  • Comedy Central
  • Fox8 (Aust.)
  • Lifestyle (Aust. – probably just a sample for a while)
  • National Geographic (US)
  • GSN

News Channels

  • CNN (US)
  • CNN International
  • CNN Headline News
  • CNBC (US)
  • CNBC World
  • MSNBC
  • BBC World News
  • BBC News Channel (formerly News 24)
  • Sky News UK
  • Sky News Aust.
  • Fox Business Channel
  • Fox News Channel
  • Sky Business Channel (Aust.)
  • Euronews
  • CBC Newsworld (does that even exist anymore?)
  • Bloomberg
  • Times Now (India/US)
  • Al-Jazeera English
  • Weather Channel (US)
  • Weather Channel (Aust.)

Sports Channels

  • All Regional Channels (i.e. the Fox Sports Net channels, Comcast Sports Network, etc.)
  • Setanta US
  • Cricket Channel
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPN Classic (US)
  • ESPN Classic (UK)
  • ESPNU
  • ESPN360 (internet service)
  • ESPN Deportes
  • Speed
  • Versus
  • NASCAR Hot Pass
  • Motors TV (UK or mainland Europe)
  • Fox Sports 1, 2, 3 (Aust.)
  • ESPN (Asia/Pacific)
  • Zee Sports (South Asia/India)
  • Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, Xtra (UK)
  • Sky Sports News (UK)
  • Fox Sports News (Aust.)
  • Fox Soccer Channel
  • Eurosport News
  • Eurosport 1, 2
  • Fox College Sports
  • Rogers SportsNet (or whatever the main Canadian regional sports net is)
  • GolTV

Spanish Channels

  • Univision
  • mun2 (if that’s still on the air…)
  • Telefutura
  • Galavisión
  • Azteca América
  • Fox Sports en Español

Movie Channels

For the most part, the Movie channels are for the shows aired on there, such as Dexter and Flight of the Conchords (and apparently Summer Heights High is coming to HBO this year)

  • I think I’d have all of them available in the US, just because there might be a time when I find a movie that I haven’t watched (not that there are many of those out there, eh? πŸ˜‰ )
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • Fox Movie Channel
  • Sundance Channel
  • Independent Movie Channels

Music Channels

  • VH1
  • VH1 MegaHits (though that ain’t coming back πŸ™ )

Yeah, that’s about it…I’ve never been one for watching music videos; if I want to listen to music, I’ll listen to it on the computer or the radio. πŸ˜‰

So, there you go. 25-plus local channels, 24 general entertainment channels, about 60 sports channels, 20 news channels, dozens of movie channels, at least 6 Spanish Channels, so a total of about 150 channels, plus the obligatory Video-On-Demand probably.

Also, I’d have to have about a 3-terabyte DVR to record all the stuff I’d never watch anyway, but think I had time to watch. πŸ˜‰

What do you think? Am I just crazy for wanting to have all of these channels? How much do you think this would cost? For some reason I don’t want to think about it because I know it would probably be in the hundreds of dollars a month, just for the various equipment, such as PAL-> NTSC converters (or just a PAL TV πŸ˜‰ )…