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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
The FCC will be releasing a report soon recommending a la carte pricing for cable TV:
Alright... let's cut through all the double speak here. First of all... I don't watch half the channels that I subscribe to on cable. I doubt I watch one third of them. In fact, I subscribe to one package just because I want one channel in that package, which sucks. But this report is just confusing.
First of all, the FCC had an earlier report last year recommending packaged pricing. Does that mean that cable companies right now have to have package pricing by law? If so, then that's stupid. Cable companies ought to be able to choose. While we're at it... why not have both? Why not have certain packages that have a bunch of different channels, and also have a la carte. If you were going to buy enough channels, a package may save you money, but if you only want a couple stations here or there, an a la carte bill would be the best for you. If this means that some less popular channels lose out, then so be it. There is a reason they are less popular. Of course, this leads to another important question. How much money does a cable company get from a channel when it adds it to its offering? What is the incentive for the cable company to have all these less popular, low quality channels?
I also want to go on the record saying that we shouldn't legislate any pricing model (even a la carte) on cable companies. At least we shouldn't at the FCC level. If a community wants to make that part of its bidding process when it brings cable TV into town, then that is acceptable, seeing as how one company has a monopoly over a community, but keep the Federal Government out of it.
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