If this has already been asked, forgive me. I'm a new community member and got fed up raking through dozens of possibly relevant posts. Been a VM customer since Telewest & NTL merged, and before that Yorkshire Cable. One thing that has always mystified me is why I have to take umpteen channels my wife and I have absolutely no interest in ever watching whilst having to pay for an upgrade just to occasionally access a few I might want to watch every now-and-again. I've heard rumours about DIY packages for years but nothing's ever emerged. Is it too much to ask that customers can put together their own packages and just pay for what they want. After all, I'm not charged for every paper & magazine my local newsagent stocks every time I go in for my morning paper.
If your waiting for the option to pick and choose individual channels to appear, you are in for a long wait.
VM and the content providers come to an arrangement as to what "tier" a channel is available on. Other than picking your tier, the only add ons are the like of sports or movie channels which cost extra again. Because of the way the closed system VM run works, thats unlikely to change any time soon.
when i go and buy my morning paper i only want the sports news. But i have to buy the other rubbish as well.... So your comparison is flawed as the paper is much more like the TV packages then you think