This is an interesting topic. I have a Comcast package....of around 120 channels. To be honest...all I really need are the four local stations, and around a dozen cable channels (History Channel I/II, Discovery, Fox News, Business Channel, FX, AMC, TNT, TBS, A&E, TMC, TV Land, and ESPN).
The rest are all garbage.
Stayed with basic cable and get dozens of channels for approximately $35/mth., and our house is wired for cable in almost every room.
Sounds like you have the same package I have.
Its wildly overpriced with at least 5 home shopping channels, multiple duplicate network stations, Golf channel, multiple PBS stations, DISC and TLC have fallen into near complete worthlessness. I don’t watch any of the music channels.
I like to watch baseball so I’ve gotta have my FOX sports Detroit and ESPN. I watch BBC America a lot, I like some syfy, Hist and Hist2, I would also keep the 3 CSPAN channels.
The $72 per month that they charge is ridiculous when I’m watching $10 or $15 dollars worth.
With DISH, I'm paying $99 per month for 10 channels we watch, and it's mainly the wife who watches them. I am really getting resentful of paying for stuff I don't need. If it weren't for the wife, I'd dump DISH entirely. The only channel I watch is TCM, but I have so many classic movies on DVD and Blu-ray that I could easily stand to lose it.
My wife is starting to come around. She has always liked HGTV and DIY; but HGTV has pretty much eliminated all the shows on gardening, and both channels feature as many in-your-face gay couples as possible.