Blowing up the well-entrenched pay TV model won't be very easy for Senator John McCain with the...

Blowing up the well-entrenched pay TV model won't be very easy for Senator John McCain with the politician not even on the Senate Commerce Committee anymore observes AllThingsD's Peter Kafka. But if a la carte pricing were to ever become a reality, one network that has a lot to lose is Disney's (DIS -0.1%) ESPN. The sports channel lands a whopping +$5 per subscriber from providers while only 25% of those paying the bills say they watch the network regularly. Another way Disney could ultimately be exposed is through its piece of A&E Networks which is able to bundle many add-ons around mega-hit The Walking Dead to ratchet up carriage fees.

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  • Drew Robertson
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    The high cost of cable channels that people don't want to see is why Aereo thinks it has a chance. As I do.
    9 May 2013, 10:11 AM Reply Like
  • AWvsCBsteeeerike3
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    $5/subscriber but only 25% watch ESPN? So, they'd need $20 from every current subscriber that watches to break even, right? They have programming that has to be watched live, the rights to a boatload of events , and would also add customers that currently refuse to pay Comcast/DTV/Dish/etc just to get ESPN. I don't see them as losers from an a la carte deal by any means.
    9 May 2013, 10:39 AM Reply Like
  • bearishly
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    A&E = Storage Wars
    Disney-owned JV (with hearst)


    AMC = The Walking Dead
    Publicly-listed (AMCX) and former Cablevision holding.
    9 May 2013, 10:41 AM Reply Like
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    The question is WHY NOW, would "a la carte" be inexpensive to viewers ? Maybe in the early days of cable, but it's time has passed.


    I don't see it, being ANY less expensive for viewers, than it is now.


    Someone is going to have to pay, in what is a "tug of war"...either it's advertisers or customers, and in the end, customers are going to be the people losing.


    John McCain is a Fake, Phony and Fraud.


    To him, this is an "important issue" for our Country ?


    Of course, not !


    This is strange, weak attempt of the GOP, to get the approval of the Low Information Voter.


    McCain is suffering from Post Traumatic Syndrome.
    9 May 2013, 12:26 PM Reply Like
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