The great digital TV rip-off reports that it’s debatable as to what the greatest corporate rip-off in history actually is, but there’s one standout candidate that ticks all the right boxes: the digital television industry.

We’re not talking about rip-offs like the $US65 billion Ponzi scheme run by Bernie Madoff that collapsed in December 2008, or Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, but industry-wide practices that are condoned by governments for reasons that are not entirely clear, that cost consumers tens of billions of dollars and provide products or services that don’t live up to the hype.

What is it about the digital television industry that earns it the top spot on a list of the greatest corporate rip-offs in history?


Television executives refer to them as ‘evergreens’ but for many of us they’re nothing more than an attempt to turn us into reluctant cast members of Groundhog Day: movies that are rerun quarterly or in some cases more often across multiple television channels include The Shawshank Redemption, The Magnificent Seven, National Treasure, and When Harry Met Sally.


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