reply to OwlSaver
said by OwlSaver:You do understand that the "forced" bundling of channels is a technical requirement of analog cable systems, right? The cable company can trap out blocks of channels if you decline to pay for them, but it's not very feasible from a technical or administrative standpoint to trap out individual channels in an a la carte service model.
Cablevision, you are correct, this is clearly illegal. And oh, by the way, you cannot force your customers to bundle either.
A purely digital cable plant would solve this problem, but then you'll have people bitching about the fact they need a CableCARD or set top box for each of the twenty TVs they have scattered about the house.
...but we should already be purely digital. I know Mediacom has transitioned my town to it. You have to have the little digital converter box for any TV you want any channels on.
reply to Crookshanks
Well, it's vestigial then in an all-digital world as of the last couple of years (and one that's been all-digital on DirecTV since 1994).
FYI, in case you've been living under a rock, most cable systems in the US are all digital. TWC was one of the first, now Comcast and Verizon are, and I think others are as well.