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.