Senator wants you to have the option of ‘a la carte’ pricing
If you are a cable television subscriber you know how expensive it can get. You know you are paying for channels that you never even watch. One lawmaker is trying to do something about it.
That lawmaker is former Presidential candidate John McCain.
“Allow the consumer who subscribes to cable to have ‘a la carte’ capability,” McCain told his fellow Senators last week.
McCain is proposing a bill that would give you more choices. It's a bill Matt Polka of the American Cable Association is behind.
“We applaud him for introducing the bill. We think it’s high time that this dialogue to take place,” Polka told KTRH. “Consumers have no choice when it comes to what they see on cable today.”
John Bergmayer of Public Knowledge says McCain is trying to save you a few bucks.
“Prices are out of control McCain sees there isn’t much competition. Most people really can’t go anywhere except their local cable company,” Bergmayer said.
Bergmayer says McCain’s idea makes sense; that you shouldn't have to pay for what you aren't watching.
“ESPN is the most egregious example. Some people are paying six dollars a month to get ESPN when they are not even sports fans,” Bergmayer explained.
The cable companies, and stations, aren't doing much talking about the McCain proposal. Speaking of cable channels, Comcast Sportsnet Houston told KTRH the meeting with Mayor Annise Parker and Suddenlink on Monday went well, and they are looking forward to similar meetings with AT&T, DirecTV and Dish.
President and General Manager Matt Hutchings said, “We’re appreciative of Mayor Parker’s efforts to bring everyone together as we work towards a resolution. There is more work ahead as we continue to seek a deal with Suddenlink that is in line with agreements they currently hold with other RSNs, but feel Monday’s face-to-face meeting was a positive step. We’re looking forward to our upcoming meetings with the mayor and decision-makers from AT&T, DirecTV and Dish.”