TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cable Industry Gets Family Friendly

Cable Industry Gets Family Friendly

Monty Solomon (
Mon, 12 Dec 2005 19:37:51 -0500

By JENNIFER C. KERR Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under pressure from the government, the nation's
two largest cable companies plan to offer packages of family friendly
channels to give parents a new way to shield children from sex, rough
language and violence.

Industry leader Comcast Corp., No. 2 Time Warner Cable and several
other companies will start offering "family choice" tiers, most likely
by spring, said Kyle McSlarrow, head of the National Cable &
Telecommunications Association, the main cable trade group.

Details will vary by company, McSlarrow told the Senate Commerce
Committee on Monday. He did not have an estimate on the cost, but said
the tiers would be tied to digital cable packages, which cost more
than a standard non-digital package.

The industry has come under increased scrutiny for raunchy
programming, most recently from the head of the Federal Communications
Commission. Chairman Kevin Martin urged cable executives at an
indecency forum last month to give parents more tools to help navigate
the hundreds of channels available to consumers.

Without endorsing a specific solution, Martin offered several
suggestions, including family friendly tiers and so-called "a la
carte" pricing, which would let customers pick and pay for only those
channels they want.

Most cable executives have dismissed the idea of a la carte pricing,
saying it would drive up costs and lead to the demise of channels that
can't attract enough advertising dollars.


Post Followup Article Use your browser's quoting feature to quote article into reply
Go to Next message: Cellular-Nnews: "Cellular-News for Tuesday 13th December 2005"
Go to Previous message: Monty Solomon: "A Little Sleuthing Unmasks Writer of Wikipedia Prank"
TELECOM Digest: Home Page