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December 02, 2005
A la carte cable TV pricing
According to the New York Post, Cablevision is mulling over the idea of "a la carte" cable TV pricing. Interestingly, Chuck Dolan of Cablevision is the only senior executive from a major cable TV network that has gone on the record as supporting a la carte pricing. The FCC supports the idea, but the National Cable & Telecommunications Association feels that a la carte pricing could hurt the industry and result in fewer cable TV channels. Dolan seems to hit the nail right on the head, though, with his support of a new pricing option:
"Like Chairman Martin of the FCC, we do not believe in the long term that selling programming a la carte will be detrimental to either programmers or cable operators... Consumers should not be obliged, directly or indirectly, to buy services they do not want."
There you have it - why pay anywhere from $30 to $50 a month for cable, if you only watch a handful of the stations with any real regularity?
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