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"A la Carte" TV suit

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Date: Sep 21, 2007 - 09:00 AM
An amazing lawsuit against the pay-TV industry (both cable and satellite): bundle packages without a la carte are illegal.

The federal lawsuit names every major cable and satellite television system operator as well as every major cable and broadcast television network.

"The antitrust laws protect the right of choice," antitrust lawyer Maxwell M. Blecher said. "Here the customer is denied that choice."

The complex web of contractual arrangements among service providers and networks amounts to a monopoly or cartel that has "deprived consumers of choice, caused them to pay inflated prices for cable television and forced them to pay for cable channels they do not want and do not watch," Blecher wrote in the complaint filed on behalf of cable subscribers in several states.
I would love to see this pass... I know I'd rather be able to get the 6-7 channels I want, rather than being forced to pay ridiculous amounts of money for 200+ channels just to have my 6-7 available.

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