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Continued: Cable companies rarely lower prices when they drop channels

  • Article by: DAVID LAZARUS , Los Angeles Times
  • Last update: September 2, 2014 - 8:41 PM

As for the Dodgers channel, roughly two-thirds of TV viewers in the L.A. area have been unable to watch games because of the bickering over SportsNet LA.

“The Dodgers are a key part of the fabric of this city, and Dodgers games with the legendary Vin Scully in the broadcast booth have traditionally been available to viewers throughout this region at no extra charge,” Garcetti wrote in his letter to the Federal Communications Commission. “That is not true this year.”

He asked the agency to look into the matter and “determine why the problem has not been resolved already.”

The answer seems so obvious. Everyone’s pay-TV bill should start at zero and rise as you add channels. If providers are unable to adapt, more nimble players would emerge who can win people’s business.

 

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  • Roughly two-thirds of TV viewers in LA area are unable to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers, like Joc Pederson, above, due to a channel being dropped.

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