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FCC Supports A La Carte Cable Pricing

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is expected to announce today that the FCC is revising its report last year and will be in support of an “a la carte” pricing scheme in the cable industry, where consumers will be able to pick and choose which channels they want instead of being forced into buying bundles. They originally claimed bills would go up (by 14-30%) but it looks like they’ll be revising it. Expect “viewership” in popular channels like Oxygen and the Lifetime Network to plummet. (I’m only kidding!)

If this leads to lower cable prices I’ll be happy. I only ever watch ESPN, The History Channel, some cooking shows sometimes, and the local channels.

Source: CNN/Money (Article remove from site)

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5 Responses to “FCC Supports A La Carte Cable Pricing”

  1. Jane Dough says:

    I agree with the “a la carte” ruling. While it is true that I have discovered some channels I already pay for as part of my bundled service (FSN when Lance Armstrong was racing the Tour de France) I don’t want to have to pay for them all the time. Finally I can get rid of the Sports channels I don’t watch and all the Children’s channels that only my house guests appreciate. Maybe now I can just get Oxygen and Lifetime 🙂

  2. Caitlin says:

    yeah this would be great if we could swap out the kiddie fare and swap back in some of the stuff we do miss from cutting our “digital tier” off (basically the discovery-lets)

  3. pfadvice says:

    I think it will really depend on what you watch on how this will affect the costs. Individual channels will probably rise in price, but if you’re only getting a few, then you should come out ahead. If there are 10 that you watch regularly, you’ll probably lose. It will be interesting to see what happens. I bet a lot of channels go under because there just isn’t the support for them.

  4. Actually, if you are an ESPN watcher, a la carte pricing is something you don’t want, as it is one of the biggest benificiaries of forcing all cable tv subscibers to pay. Under a la carte pricing, ESPN will become somewhat expensive.

    If you don’t watch ESPN, you are being scammed to support inflated rights fees to major league, and major college sports. Over the past decade or two, the entire sports industry has been supported by forcing non-sports watching public to pay for ESPN, and by government financing of stadiums that are given rent-free to teams (but that’s a bit off topic).

    Sure there are other channels that benefit from non-viewers paying subscription fees, but most of them don’t add up to what ESPN charges for their channels.

  5. Brad says:

    Any argument to keep the status quo because of current economic models is weak at best, and counters basic economic principles. Shouldn’t we favor more consumer freedom? Anyone who says bundling 1000 channels together helps the economy is either ignorant or is a tool of the major media conglommerates.

    I disagree that ESPN would become more expensive. Because it has a strong niche market, including many who are exclusive sports watchers (the extreme majority of their TV watching is spent watching sports), and as a result, ‘unbundling’ of cable channels would direct more of their money toward specific sports channels like ESPN.

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