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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    Greg, 12 Apr 2006 @ 10:48pm

    A La Carte

    Where on earth did you come up with "complicated"? There's absolutely nothing even remotely close to that in the post. If you are going to make up a straw man, it's usually a good idea to make it at least semi-plausible.

    And evidently, you are against letting companies individually choose whether to offer channels a la carte. You think that the government should be able to force companies to run their busineeses the way the government wants them to. That he government should be able to force businesses to run their companies in a way that ensures that the average consumer will end up paying more money for less channels.

    I do wonder - where were all the complaints for all those years that consumers were forced to pay extra for tv sets that recieved all VHF and UHF channels? Many people would have been perfectly happy with a tv that just received one or two channels, and the governmenbt could have forced tv manufacturers to make and sell those cheaper, limited tvs!

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