• Fox Boss: Cable Choice, Cord Cutting Are “Fantasy”

    by  • August 9, 2013 • Cable Choice • 1 Comment

    A top executive at the Fox broadcast network claims that changing from cable bundles to an a la carte system is a “fantasy.” But other factors demonstrate that the Fox boss may be indulging in a little fantasy himself.

    21st Century Fox‘ COO Chase Carey recently stated that it is a “fantasy” to believe that Cable Choice will one day replace the current “bundling” scheme, claiming that there is “no evidence” that more people are dropping expensive cable subscriptions in favor of watching shows on broadcast TV or online.

    But Carey’s bold assertion is flatly contradicted by a recent survey showing that nearly a million households have dropped cable in the last year, And the trend is accelerating; in the previous year, only 250,000 households did. “Cord cutting used to be an urban myth. It isn’t anymore,” says market research expert Craig Moffett.

    With viewers increasingly accustomed to services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others, which allow them to watch (and pay for) only what they want, when they want, it is clear that the idea of forcing customers to purchase hundreds of channels they never watch is doomed. Chase Carey may claim this is “fantasy”; but when a network boss claims, as Carey did, that “People will give up food and a roof over their head before they give up television,” it’s pretty clear who is living in a fantasy world.

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    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.

    One Response to Fox Boss: Cable Choice, Cord Cutting Are “Fantasy”

    1. October 19, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      Hello there, PTC. I am commenting here to alert you about yet another trashy “sitcom”: ABC’s Single Parents.

      This show, airing Wednesdays at 9:30 PM Eastern, follows a group of unmarried parents as they have to deal with their kids.

      Now, the show does have some positives. The cast has a little bit of diversity in it, as witness the black mother and Asian father. Not only that, but the series also contains identical twins! And from the looks of it, it looks like safe viewing for kids.

      But here’s the reality: It isn’t! Single Parents is lauded with offensive content, including sexual innuendo and suggestive dialogue by the parents in front of their children. Knowing this, ABC rated this disgusting “comedy” TV-PG L, meaning that it’s suitable for young children, but only if they have parental guidance.(Ratings reform, anyone?)

      Unfortunately, this sickening show has become a critical darling. Single Parents has a 77% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and has been generally well-received by TV critics. And despite low viewership(the most recent episode, ‘Beyoncé Circa Lemonade, drew 3.48 million same-day viewers), ABC recently gave the show a back nine order.

      We need to stand up against this vomit! Contact Clorox, who sponsored this week’s episode, and urge them to pull their sponsorship from this half-hour sex talk parade! Simply type 510-271-7000 on your phone. Your call makes a difference!

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