Verizon (VZ) has joined Cablevision in wanting a shakeup of the pay-TV industry's structure: Big...

Verizon (VZ) has joined Cablevision in wanting a shakeup of the pay-TV industry's structure: Big Red says it's talking with several "midtier and smaller" TV network owners about paying for channels based on how many subscribers watch, rather than the number of covered homes. Verizon's efforts, which it says would allow it to offer a bigger lineup of niche channels, aren't as dramatic as Cablevision's attempts to end to channel bundling. But they still underscore industry discontent with having to pay per-user fees for less popular channels from media giants such as Viacom (VIA) and Disney (DIS), regardless of viewing activity.
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  • SteveTheHawk
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    As a consumer, I suppose it would be nice to be able to pick and choose channels. We have over 200 channels at home and watch maybe 20% of them. Somehow though, even if ala carte becomes a reality, I suspect the price for each channel will increase to the point that the monthly bill won't decrease at all.
    18 Mar 2013, 10:46 AM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    Should the consumer expect lower monthly costs due to presumed savings. Probably not, but if an increase in fees occur they should fully expect to lose many more subscribers. Hopefully, the restructure is due to fees becoming more and more unacceptable.
    18 Mar 2013, 10:48 AM Reply Like
  • Neil459
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    Of course the bill will not go down, but maybe the quality will go up because we will not be forced to pay for the crap that gets shoved down our throats with bundling. That's why capitalism works and it also why a lot of people don't want capitalism.
    18 Mar 2013, 10:51 AM Reply Like
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