Now, Martin Says Family Tiers Are Kinda Boring

from the make-up-your-mind dept

FCC chairman Kevin Martin's been wasting spending a lot of time trying to push cable operators to offer so-called family-friendly tiers of channels, holding the threat of forcing them to offer a la carte programming over their heads. Last month, he whined that the family tiers cable companies had announced weren't inoffensive enough, but now he's complaining that they're awfully boring, especially since they don't include sports channels. Putting Goldilocks comparisons aside for a moment, is Martin aware of a hidden amendment to the Constitution that guarantees the right to a cable television service that adheres to some personal code of decency? If people are so offended by cable TV content, they already have a number of choices, such as using parental controls offered on many cable boxes and TVs, or even -- gasp -- just not getting cable at all. As nice as a la carte programming sounds, particularly for the easily offended, its implementation will likely fall well short of its promise, and would probably end up increasing most people's cable bills. But apparently that's a small price for the rest of us to pay to help a minority of people stamp out all the rampant filth that's invaded their living room -- at their own invitation, of course.
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    Don Gray, 12 Apr 2006 @ 12:54pm

    Re: Forget Decency I still want a la cart!

    My expectations based on my admittedly limited understanding of economics is that whatever you're paying for the "super duper 5000 channel package" is likely the same or less than you would pay to be able to cherry pick your favorite 10-15 channels.

    I also do not like paying for something I don't use, but the concern I have is that if we get what we are asking for (a la carte channel selection) we may suddenly realize that our 10-15 favorite channels are not the ones the majority of people watch. Which of course may lead to them being dropped or priced significantly higher to offset the limited viewership. Leading to my first observation.

    Case in point: I would love to be able to watch the FIA WRC races. I would pay to be able to do so. How much I'm not sure, but the fact that the two main "Speed" channels don't carry them (choosing to run NASCRAP 24x7) tells me it would likely be more than I would care to.

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