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Bob61571

join:2008-08-08
Washington, IL
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I would love to see an Itemized Bill with ....

Every channel/family of channels listed, such as(do not rely on the below amounts, they are just an example):

ESPN channels 8.75
Disney channels 3.00
Discovery channels 4.00
Local NBC .75
Local CBS .75
Local Fox .75
Local ABC .75
Local Independents .40
Viacom channels(VH1, MTV, MTV2, etc.) 1.33
(etc., etc.)
............
Total for all cable channels for your SuperFantastic package: $89.93

CXM_Splicer
Looking at the bigger picture
Premium
join:2011-08-11
NYC
kudos:2
That would be fine IF they also gave you an option to Opt-out of those networks. Without that option itemization would have no teeth; people will still be paying.

There is also nothing to prevent the Broadcasters from requiring cable companies to include the pricing in their 'package'... in other words, no line items allowed if they want the channels.


tc1uscg

join:2005-03-09
Clinton Township, MI
I would like to see the FCC requirement that if said channel can be piped in on an antenna, by passing your cable provider, you should be able to OPT out of that channel. They have no problems blocking channels you DON'T PAY for but they can't block local tv?

CXM_Splicer
Looking at the bigger picture
Premium
join:2011-08-11
NYC
kudos:2
I would agree that would be a realistic change that would benefit many customers. The problem with it is that the cable companies also profit from those channels (though they blame all the cost on retrans fees). As soon as people started opting out, their revenue would go down and that is the last thing they want. More than likely what would happen is the retrans fees would disappear as a line item and the bill would remain the same even if you opted out.