As cable packages have ballooned in both volume and price over the years, a growing segment of consumers has demanded options for unbundled, choose-your-own-channels cable. So far, those cries have gone largely unheard, except for a few streaming, internet-based options. However, it seems the à la carte option has a growing fan base clamoring to be heard: small cable companies themselves.
That’s the gist of a recent filing the American Cable Association has made with the FCC.
Brian Boland, Vice President of Ad Products at Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), thinks Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) ads are over-rated and he may have a point as Facebook re-launches Atlas, an ad platform they acquired from Microsoft. This might spell trouble for Google since Facebook happens to be one of its main competitors in the advertising space.
For some people, the weekend before Thanksgiving means house-cleaning and checking their grocery list for the big feast on Thursday. For others, it means setting up a tent in front of Best Buy and settling in for the rest of the week. For these people, at least, Best Buy opening at 6 P.M. on Thanksgiving Day is good news.
I wish I could remember where I read this to give proper credit, but it is funny that the folks who are absolutely bending over backwards to bundle health care want to unbundle cable TV. Think about it -- the person who just wants MSNBC but has to buy the whole cable package to get it is getting hosed far less badly than the young person next year who needs no medical care but will have to buy a pre-paid medical plan designed for a 65-year-old.