Cable Companies To Offer Family Tiers To Avoid A La Carte
from the buffet-only dept
There’s been a lot of speculation that the FCC’s total change of mind to support a la carte pricing of cable channels was intertwined with its feelings on indecency, the thinking being that people concerned with TV content could simply not subscribe to channels that offended them. Reaction to the FCC announcement by providers has been mixed, but nearly all the incumbent cable companies remain opposed to the idea. Evidently, though, it’s a big enough stick to get Comcast and Time Warner into line, with the two companies considering acceding to the long-running demand of FCC chairman Kevin Martin that they offer “family-friendly tiers” of channels. The two companies are still waiting on the FCC to sign off on their purchase of rival Adelphia, as well, which could give them even more motivation. Cable operators and networks have been painting a doomsday scenario around the implemenation of a la carte, saying it will destroy their industry. While that’s probably not true, the dent it could put in their revenues are enough to get them to make some smaller changes.