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Idea for struggling cable companies: Charge per channel [Video]

August 26, 2011 |  3:04 pm


Consumer columnist David Lazarus has an idea for cable companies facing greater competition from the Web: Stop charging customers a lot of money for packages that include shows we don't watch. Instead, he suggests that cable firms take a cue from iTunes and charge for only the channels a subscriber wants. According to the Nielsen Co., a typical cable subscriber watches only about 17 channels, not the hundred or so they pay for.

Read more in his column Friday.

--Pat Benson

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