Changing the way people pay for TV
PADUCAH, Ky.— A local lawmaker introduces an idea that would let people pick and pay only for the channels they watch. State Representative Gerald Watkins of Paducah has filed legislation that would change the way people pay for cable TV, something he says has become too expensive.
Kentucky Cable Telecommunications Association Executive Director Randy Hollis sent a statement by email that reads, "Kentucky Cable Telecommunications AssociationNearly every study by government agencies or private economists has shown that mandatory per channel pricing would cause consumers to pay more for less and would reduce program diversity. The current model used by cable and satellite providers to deliver a bundle of channels to consumers provides both the widest variety of content and best value. Several independent and industry analyses have been consistent in their conclusions that pay-per-channel would increase prices for consumers, decrease choice and reduce diversity in programming."
Last yearr, the average price for cable TV was about $60 a month in America according to The FCC.