As an American cable subscriber (Mediacom) I can watch, listen and learn from the Home Shopping Network's "Shaping Fashion by Tummie with Heather Thompson" as well as from infinite streams of something called "Bridezillas" on some network called "We."
But from Al Jazeera America I can see nothing, even though "it seemed to deliver" yesterday, in the NY Times' opinion, "on what it promised--serious, straightforward news."
I had already gotten hooked on Al Jazeera English's online coverage of the Egypt crisis, which, unfortunately, cut into my many hours of Tummie-pleasing enlightenment with Heather. But what the hell, cruel tradeoffs are an inescapable part of life. Yet now, not only is a local blackout of AJA inescapable too, even AJE's live-streaming is gone.
Still, there's cause for hope:
A spokesman for Al Jazeera did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday, but the head of social media for the new channel, Riyaad Minty, hinted about a possible solution. To those "who have lost the live streams," he wrote on Twitter, "We hear you. We’re working on it."
As for access to AJA anytime soon, on cable?
Well, there's always "Bridezillas."