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Does FCC Violence Report Mean Cable A La Carte?

The FCC's newest report on TV violence is apt to become one more weapon for those pushing cable systems to offer channels al a carte, but the trade mag says it won't work. That's due to the subscribers -- not the cable operators. People can't decide what to have for lunch, never mind sifting through a menu of cable networks and selections without changing their minds.

Even if cable operators have the ability to easily enable -- or disable - access to individual networks, will customer-service people have the time and ability to handle multiple requests from the same household? And can a company handle the billing? Can operators keep track of a number of options that will increase exponentially, versus the handful they deal with now? The mag is skeptical that such a move will happen.



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