FCC to Announce Endorsement of A La Carte Television Pricing

The FCC is expected to announce today that consumers can save money with a la carte pricing vs. the current bundled approach sold by the cable and satellite providers.

I have been a proponent of the a la carte pricing model for a while but that might be because I don’t watch much TV. Davis Freeberg hates the idea — but that’s because he never leaves his house and watches TV pretty much 24 hours a day. He’d probably have to pay about $1,800 a month if he went on an a la carte TV diet.

A couple of channels I could definitely do without in my bundle: anything in Spanish or Chinese, all of the shopping channels, any religious channel, CSPAN… I could go on for a while.

Davis Freeberg adds “Although I find the idea of a la carte pricing extremely distasteful personally and although I do watch a fair amount of television, I do not watch televison “24 hours a day,” as Tom blogs above. 5 – 6 hours a day is more realistic (not including Xbox time) — and by the way I do get out of the house from time to time thank you very much and have a somewhat active and vibrant social life.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Xbox Live is surely both active and vibrant. 😉 -DZ

  2. mjk says:

    If you have pre-teen kids, this will be a real blessing. There are some channels that I just want to be able to turn off.

    This does create some economic problems for the cable providers and their programming partners. Though we pay a subscription to gain access to these channels and the cable operator pays for the programming, a major revenue source for many of these channels is advertising based on audience. It is hard to see how a la carte channel selection won’t reduce audience for many of these channels.

  3. Suppafly says:

    If you work say 8 hours a day and watch tv for another 6 and then dedicate a few more hours to xbox, there is no way you have an active social life. period.