Pick Your Own Channels Law Proposed, Denied
from the cable-companies-are-going-to-freak-out... dept
A bill is being discussed in Congress that would force satellite TV companies to put local broadcast TV channels on a single dish. Apparently, many split the channels between two dishes, and require you to get both if you want all their local channels. However, more interesting is that one Congressman has tried to add an amendment to the bill that would allow subscribers to do a la carte channel picking - something many consumers have wanted for many years. Unfortunately, the amendment was quickly withdrawn after others expressed "concern" over the amendment - though, it's not clear what their concerns were (other than making some of their corporate contributors unhappy). There's still a chance that the amendment will be re-introduced later, but it seems unlikely to be accepted.