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Senator McCain Proposing Legislation to Enable A La Carte Subscriptions


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#21 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:29 AM

Daily Dose: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is taking his case for a la carte programming to the industry. The senator, who is trying to pass legislation that would require the pay-TV industry to sell channels on an individual basis to consumers, penned an opinion piece on the subject in Thursday's Los Angeles Times. McCain acknowledges he will face a tough battle. "If it were up to my Twitter followers, this bill would already be law. But entrenched interests, including the cable and television programming companies whose bottom lines may be affected by any effort to empower consumers, have made it clear they're girding for a fight."

 

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#22 OFFLINE   joshjr

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:03 PM

Here is a link to the entire article.  http://www.mccain.se...0b-567d5d1c4a1e  At first I was thinking no way.  Now if they will offer both then I could go for it.


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:24 AM

it wont get two far and even if it did maney of us wood have bills that total far more than what it wood be if we just bout it in a package. for me maney of the chanels i wood wont wood be spred all over the place in smallar packages. maby if something coud ever be worked out there.



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Posted 05 August 2013 - 01:48 PM

The business model for pay tv channels as it now  stands I would think is a structure where the entire package price is subsidy driven so that a wide variety of viewing interest can be made affordable.I can't imagine anyone not jumping on an a la carte bandwagon but, just my opinion, the economics of such if implemeted would surely fail.I have respect for our elected officials in trying to appease their constituent base with an idea exactly like a la carte, but i dont they understand the resulting collateral damage. In this day and time however, I have seen so many changes occur that were sure to be a failure right out of the starting gate that nothing would surprise me much anymore. I will tell my age by saying I was born in 1955 - I have seen plenty.

 

Contract disputes that require stations to go dark could be alot more interesting if we were paying by the station.  I for one am against a la carte.  I do not see any advantages to it except for people who want very few stations.  To those I would say, get an antenna and try Hulu.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 02:04 PM

If every channel was a la cart then there's no reason that providers wouldn't carry very channel and no need for disputes. The "disputes" would be people canceling their individual subs because of price increases.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 02:20 PM

If every channel was a la cart then there's no reason that providers wouldn't carry very channel and no need for disputes. The "disputes" would be people canceling their individual subs because of price increases.

 

So even though there is a set price per channel, you dont think that broadcasters would ever want to raise that wage?  Why on earth would you think that?


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 04:55 PM

If every channel was a la cart then there's no reason that providers wouldn't carry very channel and no need for disputes. The "disputes" would be people canceling their individual subs because of price increases.


And yet Showtime has been pulled from TWC and BrightHouse. :)
There would still be disputes.


As it stands, the "carry one, carry all" laws for locals make a la carte for locals illegal. Satellite and cable cannot offer you your selection of local channels. That is one area where congress has interfered with the free market. Personally I agree with "carry one, carry all" - I don't want to see small OTA channels booted off of satellite for channels carriers could make more money on. We just need a better way to license the content.
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 05:31 PM

So even though there is a set price per channel, you dont think that broadcasters would ever want to raise that wage? Why on earth would you think that?



I'd guess in a la cart DIRECTV and others would get their money and Increases by increasing subs and a % of the price that's set by CBS etc since CBS would be available to every provider all providers would offer it at the same price. No one would charge more for all their channels or they'd lose customers immediately.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 05:34 PM

I'd guess in a la cart DIRECTV and others would get their money and Increases by increasing subs and a % of the price that's set by CBS etc since CBS would be available to every provider all providers would offer it at the same price. No one would charge more for all their channels or they'd lose customers immediately.

 

That is assuming a lot. What makes you think that the other providers would have the same price per channel?  Also what makes you think that their contract dates would be the same?  Someone's would end first and get a rate hike even if what you are saying is true.


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