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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    Chief Elf (profile), 12 Apr 2006 @ 12:00pm

    and commericials...

    Parental controls also don't work well to block unseemly commercials. We don't watch much of anything anymore without recording it first so we can zip through the commericals. We also use a TV Guardian, which I highly recommend.

    At any rate, cable-a-la-carte may become moot if TV signals start getting shipped via TCP/IP. It could all be a-la-carte.


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