Martin Endorses 'A La Carte' Laws
At the behest of family groups, cable industry once again annoyed
by Karl Bode 10:54AM Thursday Apr 19 2007 Tipped by jslik
FCC chief Kevin Martin pushed a little harder for "a la carte"
cable pricing this week, going so far as to suggest that he would support legislation
forcing cable operators to offer cable channels individually. The FCC chief has traditionally championed deregulation and has generally been "hands-off"
when it comes to phone companies. The cable industry has therefore been complaining that Martin is picking on them
(a claim he recently made light of
On this issue (and his frequent indecency campaigns), Martin, who is eyeing a post-FCC political career, is catering to "family values"
organizations like the Parent's Television Council
. They've been running a "cable consumer choice campaign"
that rails against the "filth"
on several networks:
"To access these educational and family-friendly networks (Disney, Nickelodeon, ABC Family) [parents] are also forced to pay for channels they don't want and that actually make their job as a parent much more difficult. Now, in addition to trying to protect their children from the filth on Fox, NBC, UPN, and the other broadcast networks, they also have to try to protect their children from the much more explicit fare on MTV, FX, Comedy Central, and the like."
The cable industry continues to insist that allowing customers to pick individual channels "would raise prices for most consumers and harm diversity in programming."
Not surprisingly, the cable industry will also tell you that cable TV prices are dropping
when they're constantly rising.
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|reply to drslash |
Re: Let the crap channels die on the vine
yup, I would love to quit subsidizing the sports channel. I watch virtually no sports yet I know that much of my cable bill goes towards supporting the sports channel. I once had a cable exec in my local office tell me that 50% of his programming budget went to the sports channels.
I would like to see how many channels could survive on their own. I would also like to see the most expensive channels, like the many ESPN flavors, only get revenue from those who watch. ESPN is probably the biggest reason for annual or semi-annual cable rate hikes.
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