There's a reason they call it the "idiot's lantern"
We told Foxtel where to stick their set top box when they initially brought out digital cable (we had an analogue box).
They tell us they give us "choice". Yeah? You give us choice of bundles, so we have to buy subscriptions to three or four of those bundles to get the half dozen channels we *are* interested in, as well as the three dozen channels we couldn't care less about.
I've actually rediscovered radio in a big way. Feeding my brain and imagination rather than letting them rot. Apart from the odd thing on the ABC, which I can retrieve via a podcast freely anyway, there's nothing on the television that interests me.
Consequently when I'm home alone, the television gets completely ignored. Likely when I move into a place of my own, I will not be purchasing a television set. Between internet news services, and the radio (including shortwave), there's plenty to check out, and it doesn't necessarily demand that I sit there and stare at a screen at a given moment.
With web pages, I can bookmark a page and come back to it. In the case of radio I can be doing things that require I keep my eyes focused on the task at hand whilst listening, such as my regular day job, or even riding the bicycle to and from the workplace. How hard is it to stick a radio on-board? Not very. Try doing that with Foxtel.
Want talk-back radio? Plenty of commercial stations that you can ring into. Alternatively, if you don't like a presenter driving the agenda, get an amateur radio license, and join a net, a real-time many-to-many discussion which can take place whilst at home, or mobile. Talking in an interactive way (and not just typing on a keyboard like this) is a good way to keep the mind active, and is a lot more engaging than the box you just turn on and idly sit in front of.