• “Skinny Bundles”: Cable’s Way of Keeping Your Money

    by  • February 16, 2016 • Cable Choice • 4 Comments


    The current cable TV model forces consumers to buy a bundle of networks. But in this era of more choice, the current model just isn’t a fit any longer.

    “Cracks in the pay TV industry have manifested themselves so frequently that most cable companies are forced to offer ‘skinny’ packages in an attempt to curtail people who are cutting the cord,” writes PTC President Tim Winter. “But the ultimate solution is for consumers to choose and pay for only the individual cable networks they want – not the skinny packages the cable company chooses for them. Skinny bundles may help lower bills, but they don’t give consumers more choice.”

    Read the entire op-ed at Breitbart.



    Tim Winter is president of the Parents Television Council. He has more than 20 years in broadcasting, cable, internet and new media technologies, along with a law degree.

    4 Responses to “Skinny Bundles”: Cable’s Way of Keeping Your Money

    1. William Hughes
      February 20, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Even if pay-TV companies offered a-la-carte channel selections, reduced the amount of commercials shown during a program and agreed to show commercials for prescription drugs only when children are not likely to br viewing a show (That’s 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM for those of you in Rio Linda!) I would not resume a subscription to pay TV. Why? Because in the nine years since cutting the cord I’ve built up a library of TV shows, movies, serials and documentaries on home video that’s so huge (Over 45,000 hours) it will take me decades to watch them all. I’m set for life!

    2. Linda Debrovner
      February 19, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Garbage is right! I’m for cable choice.

    3. Michelle
      February 19, 2016 at 8:14 am

      I work for a cable company. We are FORCED by the “cable program publishers” to sell in bundles. If you want one Viacom channel, you have to pay for them all. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer “ala carte” to our customers, as much as we would love to. The company I work for has submitted a petition (http://www.buckeyecablesystem.com/tellcongress/index.html) to try and get these broadcast station groups to stop the madness. Yes, even the cable companies do not agree with having to “force the bundle” on our customers. We have no choice. Please contact your local/state representatives and make your voice heard. If we are loud enough, maybe they will hear us.

      • Amy Lee
        February 20, 2016 at 5:56 am

        I want to choose the channels I’m paying for.

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