• ANOTHER Cable Boss Supports Cable Choice!

    by  • September 30, 2013 • Cable Choice • 4 Comments

    While the multi-billion-dollar entertainment industry continues to hold consumers hostage to its forced extortion of channel “bundling,” more and more voices in the cable industry itself are supporting the rights of customers to pay only for what they watch.

    Greg Maffei is the CEO of Liberty Media, a company which owns substantial stakes in various media properties, ranging from the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain, to QVC to Expedia. Among its holdings are at 27% stake in Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable company in the nation. Like other cable and media leaders, Maffei stands firmly behind the concept of Cable Choice – over the objections of the heads of the entertainment industry’s mega-conglomerates, who stand to profit by the current system. At a recent conference Maffei noted that the huge rate increases and new channels forced on consumers by the entertainment industry are a threat to the entire media landscape. “When you see what’s going in on places like Los Angeles with eight regional sports networks, you threaten that benign feedback loop and it’s not a good thing,” Maffei said, going so far as to add that if the industry doesn’t begin being more friendly to consumers soon, the government may take action. Maffei also applauded Senator John McCain’s Television Consumer Freedom Act.

    With a nation full of fed-up consumers and ever-more people inside cable companies themselves seeing the logic in giving customers Cable Choice, soon the entertainment industry will either be forced to act…or be confronted with its own extinction.



    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 ANOTHER Cable Boss Supports Cable Choice!

    1. Steve
      October 9, 2013 at 2:25 am

      Ironically, the latest episode of South Park also supported cable choice

    2. October 8, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      My wife and I were forced to switch cable companies this month. I like the new service very much, but I was dumbfounded and appalled when I found out what the monthly bill actually comes out to. There’s just no way in heaven or earth that ANY amount of TV could be worth that much money! No way! If I had dictatorial control of our budget, I would dump cable INSTANTLY. There are too many other entertainment options. I would be just as happy paying Netflix the $8 a month. I have a RabbitTV device, which I don’t pay *anything* per month. Let’s not forget the several free-video apps on my smartphone. There is an enormous, gigantic amount of non-cable video available, so yeah, if I could take over our budget, cable would be gone, GONE, G-O-N-E, because it has pushed itself well beyond the upper limit of reasonable pricing. If my wife dies or leaves me, cable will be OUT OF MY LIFE. I don’t mean to diss the new service we have; it’s very, very good; but it’s not THAT good.

    3. Anita Fretwell
      October 5, 2013 at 2:59 am

      It is our experience that we are paying for a HUGE number of channels, most of which we don’t ever visit. We have the channels we most want and watch. But, the rest, we are paying high premiums for, Many we wouldn’t want our dog to watch. I feel like it is unfair to ask me to spend my retirement income on channels I neither desire to support nor can comfortably pay for. If this continues, we might have to consider just not having cable anymore. Maybe it would be better to only get streaming videos, or rental videos where we have the control and it is MUCH cheaper.

    4. Tom Baxter
      October 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

      I support a cafeteria plan with cable and satellite providers where I choose what I subscribe to. I believe that the present system would be found in violation of anti-trust laws if challenged in court. I anticipate that much of the dribble that is promoted as legitimate entertainment fare would die from lack of viewer interest if such an option was available to consumers.

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