McCain, Waiter to the TV Stars

Didn’t this man run for president in a parallel universe? LAT:

    “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to introduce legislation as early as today that would offer incentives for cable TV providers and network owners to allow viewers to pay for only the channels they want to receive.”

The cable operators say, thanks, but no thanks, we’re on a diet. A fat diet.

    “But the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. would oppose such legislation, spokesman Brian Dietz said. Cable operators have promised to offer family-friendly packages but say a la carte pricing would increase rates and limit diversity by forcing some niche channels off the air.

    “It is completely unnecessary for the federal government to disrupt a competitive marketplace and engage in the pricing and packaging of video services,” he said.”

Sure, that would be right, if actually were Darwinian street fair instead of an oligopolistic playground.

Comments

Edit Your Comment

  1. “It is completely unnecessary for the federal government to disrupt a competitive marketplace and engage in the pricing and packaging of video services,” he said.”

    What color is the sky on this guy’s planet…competitive marketplace? The last time I checked the cable companies had successfully litigated to classify cable lines as “data” transmission lines not “tele-communication” lines thereby ensuring their monopolistic use of the infrastructure.

    If I could also add that not only is ala-carte cable a good idea, but a pay-per-hour option would be nice too…Why do I have to pay a monthly fee for something I only use a couple hours a day or week? Why do I have to pay for 16 spanish channels, 20 home shopping networks, MTV and E!, when all I want is the History channel and HBO? Oh, and don’t give me that crap about the popular channels supporting the weaker ones…if that is the case, then it isn’t a free market is it?

  2. desonos says:

    All I want is Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and NESN HD; mabye even a little TNT and USA, preferably in HD. Is that too much to ask?

  3. ikes says:

    i refuse to pay all that money for just a couple channels of worthwhile entertainment. currently we have only the very basic of cable.

    i get a hockey jones once in a while, but bittorrent takes care of my daily show fix.