Off The Wall: Make You Pay to Watch Me on TV

Jan Lyons writes…

Hi Mike. I have followed you for a long time – love you on TV. I want to ask, however, why are you now making us pay to watch you on TV? It makes no sense to me why are you doing this.

Hi Jan. I’m afraid you may have overestimated my persuasive abilities. I do not possess the power to “make you pay to watch me on TV.” In fact, I don’t have the power to make you do anything.

(You’re getting sleepy.)

Furthermore, if I did possess such an awesome power, I wouldn’t use it to make you buy a streaming service, even one as comprehensive and affordable as discovery+, where thousands of people have already enjoyed unlimited access to over 55,000 hours of quality programs, including Six Degrees with Mike Rowe.

(Verrry, sleepy.)

But here’s the truth, Jan. If you’ve been watching me on TV for years, then you’ve already been paying to do so. Cable isn’t free, you know. Neither is satellite. In fact, as you may have noticed, they’re both pretty expensive.

(You’re now completely asleep. The only sound you hear is the warm timber of my voice. It fills you with well-being and comfort, and washes over you like a cool breeze on a warm summer day…)

For decades, Jan, millions of people have paid thousands of dollars to cable companies and satellite providers for access to hundreds of channels they have no interest in watching. All that’s changing. Streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Amazon, Hulu, and now Discovery+ are finally allowing people to say farewell to their cable or satellite provider, and purchase content they actually want to watch for a fraction of what they’ve been paying.

(You nod in quiet agreement, as the truth fills your subconscious, opening your mind to new ideas and new ways of thinking.)

But look, Jan, if money is tight, and you’re still not ready to cut the cord, why not take advantage of the complimentary free trial when you sign up for Discovery+? In other words, Watch Six Degrees for FREE, and then, look around at all the other shows and decide if you want to keep the service. You can cancel anytime, and there’s absolutely no obligation.

(On the count of three, you will awaken refreshed, with no memory of this conversation, but secure in the belief that no one can make you do anything you don’t want to do. Not even Mike Rowe. Then, from the device you’re currently using, you will sign up for your free trial at, and immediately watch all six episodes of Six Degrees with Mike Rowe. Ready? One. Two. Three. AWAKE!)

Anyway, Jan, thanks again for your support over the years, and for your excellent question. See you on TV!


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