Cable and Satellite Television Network Tiering and a la Carte Options for Consumers: Issues for Congress

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The large cable programmers, who provide most of the popular cable (and broadcast) television programming, respond that a single large expanded basic service tier represents the most efficient way to offer programming and that allowing customers to obtain networks on an a la carte basis or in small tiers would raise costs – and hence prices to consumers – and also reduce the diversity of programs offered, so that consumer welfare would suffer in the long run. In this report, the pros and cons of offering subscribers only a single large expanded basic service tier and also of the various ... continued below

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Goldfarb, Charles B June 9, 2004.

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The large cable programmers, who provide most of the popular cable (and broadcast) television programming, respond that a single large expanded basic service tier represents the most efficient way to offer programming and that allowing customers to obtain networks on an a la carte basis or in small tiers would raise costs – and hence prices to consumers – and also reduce the diversity of programs offered, so that consumer welfare would suffer in the long run. In this report, the pros and cons of offering subscribers only a single large expanded basic service tier and also of the various proposals to provide consumers more options are presented.

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  • June 9, 2004

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Goldfarb, Charles B. Cable and Satellite Television Network Tiering and a la Carte Options for Consumers: Issues for Congress, report, June 9, 2004; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs6123/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.