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said by John McCain and Kevin Martin, »fjallfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/a···54A1.pdf :
Make Cable Go A La Carte
As Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 25, 2006
Real-world examples illustrate the benefits of greater choice and more competition coming through our TV sets. In Hong Kong, viewers can select and pay for only the channels they want. A family that wants to watch sports, movies, news and children's programming can receive 15 free channels plus a selection of 11 additional digital channels (including ESPN, HBO, CNN Headline News, National Geographic Channel, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel) for only $27.50 a month. To get a package that includes those channels in Washington, the cost is $82 per month almost $1,000 a year. That's quite a difference.
Similarly, in Canada, digital subscribers can buy channels individually or enjoy significant savings on a "5 pack," a "10 pack" or a "15 pack" of their own choosing.