Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Count Me In

In a stunningly consumer-minded decision, the FCC has decided that we should no longer have to pay for every cable channel just because we want IFC. Now we’ll be able to pick and choose which channels we want, tapas style.

In a sharp reversal, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that the agency now thinks cable companies should stop forcing people to subscribe to bundles of channels and give them the option of choosing individual channels.

Kevin Martin, FCC chairman since March 16, asserted that a la carte pricing could both allow parents to block offensive programming and lower their surging cable bills. His stance might push Congress to require cable and satellite companies to offer the option.
No Thanks:
  • Pax
  • Lifetime
  • Oxygen
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Discovery Health (gross!)
  • Country Music Television
  • Fox News
More Please:
  • Comedy Central
  • ESPN
  • C-SPAN
  • C-SPAN2
  • C-SPAN3 (I watch so you don’t have to)
  • Speed Channel
  • IFC
  • Sundance
  • Cartoon Network
  • OLN (yo, I gots to see the Red Wings)
  • History Channel
  • Science Channel
And bring a couple pitchers of sangria, if you would be so kind...


Matthew Smith said...

Geez...I didn't even know there was a CSPAN 2.

Monan said...

what about the porn channels? Can we bundle thoe in as well?

emeryroolz said...

Isn't it ironic that the all the churchy, protect-the-children types out there are the ones that might make this happen? I guess they might actually be good for something after all...

Michael Grant said...

Protecting the children while protecting my right to watch Comedy Central Uncut and the girl-on-girl action and explicit drug use of a film like Requiem for a Dream on IFC.