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« on: September 23, 2019, 08:05:57 PM »

Comcast sues Maine over a law requiring a-la-carte cable offerings

The law would let customers pick and choose which channels they pay for.

FROM: ENGADGET.COM
Christine Fisher
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Cord cutting may seem like the new norm, but plenty of people still pay for cable TV. That doesn't mean they're happy with it though. This summer, in response to complaints that customers had to purchase an entire cable package just to watch one or two channels, Maine passed a law requiring cable companies to offer channels a-la-carte. Now, Comcast and a handful of cable operators, including Fox, CBS and Disney, are suing Maine and 17 municipalities to prevent the law from going into effect.

As Bangor Daily News reports, the law states that "a cable system operator shall offer subscribers the option of purchasing access to cable channels, or programs on cable channels, individually." But Comcast and the cable operators say the law is preempted by federal law and that it would hurt programming networks, especially those that serve niche audiences. The lawsuit, filed Friday in US District Court, asks that the law's effective date, September 19th, be delayed and that the law be thrown out altogether.

The complaint over having to purchase more channels than you want isn't new, and it's one reason so many people have moved to streaming services. "I want to watch the Red Sox, but I don't want to watch [televangelist] Jimmy Swaggart, so I shouldn't be forced to pay for that," the bill's sponsor Rep. Jeff Evangelos, I-Friendship, reportedly said. And according to one report, Mainers were cutting cable at a higher rate than the majority of other states. But if this law is allowed to stand, it could set a precedent for other states to pass similar legislation.



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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2019, 08:08:26 PM »

200 Cable TV Companies Are Suing to Block La Carte TV

FROM: CORDCUTTERNEWS.COM
By Luke Bouma on September 15, 2019

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Last week, Comcast, Disney, CBS, and Fox sued to block a new Maine law that would require cable companies to offer la carte TV. Now, a second lawsuit filed by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association representing more than 200 cable networks, has been filed to block Maines new la carte TV law.

Recently, Maine passed a law requiring that cable operators offer an la carte TV option. The new law says that a cable system operator shall offer subscribers the option of purchasing access to cable channels, or programs on cable channels, individually. This would bring la carte TV, which many have hoped for, to the state of Maine.

The fear of cable companies is understandable. Many have predicted that a lot of cable TV channels would not survive la carte TV as they count on people paying for the channel who dont watch the channel. The possibility of many profitable channels shutting down because most cable TV subscribers dont watch them has prevented any hope of la carte TV in the past.

This will be a major landmark case for both cord cutting and cable TV. If Comcast, Fox, CBS, Disney, and over 200 cable companies win, it will set back hopes for la carte TV. If Maine wins, it could open the floodgates for other states to require a true la carte TV option.

The new law is set to take effect on September 19, 2019. Those behind this lawsuit hope to block that from happening. Cord Cutters News will be keeping a close eye on this case and will post updates as we learn more.

Source Bangor Daily News

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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2019, 08:11:46 PM »

I am 100% behind Maine on this one!

I doubt they will win in court over all the BIG CABLE MONEY, but hopefully this is a start and more states will pass legislation and FORCE these big SAT/Cable companies to let us pay ONLY for the channels we want.

I have said it before and i will say it again, i am willing to pay for the channels i want, but i do not want to be forced to pay for a package of channels when i only want a few.

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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2019, 10:34:29 AM »

Funny that these cable/programmers will not win this one. There are laws on the books against bundling. Something in the likes of Disney and others have been getting away with for decades. I would bet on Main winning this one!

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