From USA Today:
In a sharp reversal, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that the agency now thinks cable companies should stop forcing people to subscribe to bundles of channels and give them the option of choosing individual channels.
Kevin Martin, FCC chairman since March 16, asserted that a la carte pricing could both allow parents to block offensive programming and lower their surging cable bills. His stance might push Congress to require cable and satellite companies to offer the option.
I'm all in favor of letting the customer choose what channels to watch. At my house, our TV is tuned to one of the following: ESPN, Comedy Central, History Channel, PBS Kids, Boomerang, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Rocky Mountain, VH1 Classic, or Noggin. During the baseball season, I can often be found doing something around the house with WGN on showing a Cubs game. We do watch other channels, but these are the basics we watch.
Not being a cable customer (I'm a proud renter of DSS systems), I must ask the following: why isn't the ala carte option already out there?
On a side note: a year or so ago, I actually had a young man from the local cable monopoly stop at my house and try to sell me cable service. He was traversing the neighborhood and saw I had a DSS dish at my house. He stopped by and gave me a flyer that read "I see you have DSS disease." I proudly told him "no, thank you."