I first got cable TV in 1984. My parents wouldn't pay for it, so I forked over the money from my paper route (I was 13). The cable box was set up in my bedroom. I watched the installer set up the channels and was able to figure out how to get Playboy, HBO, Cinemax for free. Back then the only basic channels were MTV, ESPN, CNN, Disney, A&E, AMC, Lifetime and a few others. I'm flipping through my friend's cable channels the other night and there are so many channels that I would never watch. No wonder people are cutting the cord.