• Class-Action Lawsuit Promotes Cable Choice

    by  • June 19, 2013 • Cable Choice • 4 Comments

    Recently, Time Warner Cable paid a combined $11 BILLION for rights to LA Lakers and Dodgers games – and starting next year, subscribers will forced to pay for four new channels showing those team’s games, whether they watch sports or not. But some residents of southern California are fighting back.

    As reported on Deadline: Hollywood, some California cable subscribers aren’t taking TWC’s extortion lying down. They have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking relief, stating that TWC’s bundling is a violation of the California Business & Professions Code. As the lawsuit states, “According to the FCC and other studies, approximately 60% of the population are not sports enthusiasts, and left to their own would not subscribe to [to sports channels]…A very large segment of the consuming public is not sufficiently interested in [sports] to pay $50-$60 per year, but they have no way of unsubscribing from either the Lakers of Dodgers telecast, which together add about $100 per year to the subscriber’s TWC bill.

    “TWC’s bundling is unethical, oppressive, and unscrupulous. There is no practicable way consumers could avoid this injury…The ill-gotten revenues and profits make the TWC bundling practice unlawful and unfair under [the law].”

    The entertainment cartel loves to claim that they are acting in subscribers’ best interests; but what does it say when their own customers have to take them to court just to be allowed freedom of choice?



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    4 Responses to Class-Action Lawsuit Promotes Cable Choice

    1. William Hughes
      June 26, 2013 at 7:38 am

      I’ve been without Pay-TV for 6 1/2 years. I was paying $65.00 a month when I “Cut the Cord”, today it would cost me almost double. I used to be a Sports Fan, that those days ended when the ‘TV Timeouts” lasted five minutes at a time, making a one-hour game last almost four hours. Not to mentuin what was aired during those timeouts. Never mind the game is being televised in the mid-afternoon and children are certainly watching, you can’t go 30 minutes without seeing an ad for a Sex Pill or a Woman’s Hygiene Product. I’ve faired pretty well since I canceled Cable. $65.00 each month buys DVD Box Sets of Family-Friendly Programming, lots and lots and lots of them. My Sister has joined me and cut the cord as well. Her children enjoy the same programs I grew up with, and get this, since cutting the cord, their school grades have climbed!

    2. June 21, 2013 at 8:38 am

      CHOICE>as bundling is unethical, oppressive, and unscrupulous!

    3. Patsy Momary
      June 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      add me to the class action…We have TWC and am fairly satisfied with our lists, but there are a few others I would choose over some on those lists. Thanks, Pat Momary

    4. Jesse Skeen
      June 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      If only these same people would file lawsuits for their beloved cable channels ruining the picture with their logos onscreen all the time, and also forcing them to sit through commercials even though they already pay subscription fees to receive them. In the meantime, “Boycott” is a word that is clearly missing from their vocabulary.

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