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FCC Reports Favors A La Carte Cable

510_2 In a report released today, the FCC supported the enactment of legislation that would make a la carte cable TV a reality.  Claiming that consumers could save as much as 13% with a choice on which channels they want and don't want, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's report flies in the face of the cable industry's contention that bundling channels provides the best value for consumers.

Here are a couple of articles if you want more information -

USA Today

Bloomberg

A la carte would mean that cable customers could pick and choose and pay for just the individual channels they want to have included in their service package rather than having only bundled options.  There has been some concern among cable networks that a la carte would significantly reduce the number of homes carrying their signal.  This will take some time to work out.  First there would have to be legislation.  Then implementation.  Then response by the cable consumers.

In the end, consumers will be voting with their wallets.  It seems good from an overall economic standpoint, but survival of the fittest may reach a new intensity among cable networks as they have to compete head to head for subscribers from house to house.

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One for the Thumb

532 Hard to believe it's been 26 years since my dad, brother and I watched the Steel Curtain and the Terry Bradshaw led offense win four Super Bowls.  The thumb ring was a long time coming. 

Great game.  Seahawks outplayed Pittsburgh the first half but were still down 7-3.  The Steeler defense bent, but didn't break.  So the 6th seed in the AFC beats the #1 seed in the NFC.

533 It was an interesting match up between a rust belt city and the home of Microsoft and Starbucks.  For someone who grew up near Pittsburgh, it was a highly satisfying win.  Congrats to Cowher, The Bus, Big Ben and the rest.  A stellar season consistent with a great tradition.