Paying more for less TV
The FCC has sent official “letters of inquiry” to 11 cable companies questioning why customers’ bills don’t go down even though they’ve lost channels during the digital changeover. Amy Schatz and Vishesh Kumar report the details for the Wall Street Journal. About 40% of cable customers are still analog, but once a channel is moved to the more expensive digital tier it is no longer available to these viewers. The concern is that the cable companies are unfairly pushing analog customers into buying a more expensive monthly package even though their existing subscription means they’ll be okay during the digital transition.