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    Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle | Internet & Media - CNET News

    Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle | Internet & Media - CNET News

    John McCain wants to make it easier for consumers to buy only the TV shows they want to watch.

    On Thursday, the Arizona senator introduced legislation that would force cable operators and other TV providers to split up their so-called programming bundles and instead offer TV shows in smaller, more affordable packages and as a la carte channels. His legislation, called the Television Consumer Freedom Act, also would require sports leagues that use publicly financed stadiums to broadcast home games within their local markets. Now many home games are blacked out in an effort to encourage fans to go to the stadium.

    McCain called this practice "unconscionable" considering that taxpayers are the ones paying for these stadiums to be built.

    He also sent a warning to TV broadcasters that have threatened to move some of their broadcasting behind a cable paywall. He said that if broadcasters did that they would risk access to the airwaves that the government allows these broadcasters to use for free.
    I wasn't sure where to post this. It's entertainment and it's legislation.

    I wonder what took so long. I hope this passes.
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    Re: Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle | Internet & Media - CNET News

    ManOman! How many programs would immediately and blessedly go off the air? 80%? 90%?

    Interestingly, the demographics of the finally purchased programs would provide an entirely new targeting tool for advertisers.

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    Re: Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle | Internet & Media - CNET News

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    I wasn't sure where to post this. It's entertainment and it's legislation.

    I wonder what took so long. I hope this passes.
    Yeah, the cable corps probably ain't gonna be too hardcore behind free market ideals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Yeah, the cable corps probably ain't gonna be too hardcore behind free market ideals.
    Or if they are, it's because they can justify jacking up the price of all their content, across all physical and streaming mediums. They like to punish the world for technological improvement and updated distribution networks.
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    Re: Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle | Internet & Media - CNET News

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    I wasn't sure where to post this. It's entertainment and it's legislation.

    I wonder what took so long. I hope this passes.
    I like the idea of cheaper cable bills. I absolutely HATE their business model. All of them. I'm not sure this idea is in our best interests. The more channels the better. The greater variety is a good thing. Small unknowns serve niche markets that are important and might not stay on the air if left to a popularity contest.

    I can see smaller bundles. I can see picking and choosing bundles. But to be able to pick each individual channel? I'm not sure. That might have some unintended consequences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I like the idea of cheaper cable bills. I absolutely HATE their business model. All of them. I'm not sure this idea is in our best interests. The more channels the better. The greater variety is a good thing. Small unknowns serve niche markets that are important and might not stay on the air if left to a popularity contest.

    I can see smaller bundles. I can see picking and choosing bundles. But to be able to pick each individual channel? I'm not sure. That might have some unintended consequences.
    I like your idea of smaller bundles-if we can actually choose them.

    We like Nat Geo,Discovery,History & Animal planet.

    I'm also a sports fan So League bundles would be cool Aka Nhl Center ice.

    I wouldn't miss any of the shopping channels or music channels.

    What would be nice would be an inexpensive Indie bundle, to take care of

    new programming.

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    Re: Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle | Internet & Media - CNET News

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    I wasn't sure where to post this. It's entertainment and it's legislation.

    I wonder what took so long. I hope this passes.
    to dump ESPN in favor of HBO would be completely awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I like the idea of cheaper cable bills. I absolutely HATE their business model. All of them. I'm not sure this idea is in our best interests. The more channels the better. The greater variety is a good thing. Small unknowns serve niche markets that are important and might not stay on the air if left to a popularity contest.

    I can see smaller bundles. I can see picking and choosing bundles. But to be able to pick each individual channel? I'm not sure. That might have some unintended consequences.
    The most crooked model of all is the wireless communication business. I have no doubt that the govt is somehow also partly at fault. Paying for minutes is a joke, that hardly uses any bandwidth at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    The most crooked model of all is the wireless communication business. I have no doubt that the govt is somehow also partly at fault. Paying for minutes is a joke, that hardly uses any bandwidth at all.
    And I agree with that as well. Almost the same crooked model.
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    to dump ESPN in favor of HBO would be completely awesome.
    That would depend on one's interests, wouldn't it?
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