Category Archives: a la carte

The Continuing Power of the Bundle

We haven’t heard about a la carte cable in quite a while, but this week we saw several items on the topic that we thought were of interest. Alyssa Rosenberg, the new culture critic at ThinkProgress, wrote a piece earlier this week questioning the value of a cable subscription and calling for some kind of […]

You Say You Want a Revolution

We return to the topic of “cord-cutting,” thanks to a few recent developments. Before we start, it’s worth noting that much of the cord-cutting coverage I see online seems to begin with frustration at prices (somehow never compared to the costs of other entertainment options) or by desired flexibility in purchasing options (they just want […]

Better to Bundle or Break It Up?

With lots of activity happening in the media and entertainment sectors in 2010, we’ve recently seen several stories about the carriage of programming services by cable and other video providers. This coverage has been partly driven by negotiations between programmers and operators about carriage fees, partly by retransmission consent disputes, partly by the growing prevalence […]

A Lively Debate About Online Video

I hope you are following the very vibrant debate that’s been taking place over the last week, involving  Boxee CEO Avner Ronen, Chairman of HDNet Mark Cuban and a host of other people about the relationship between free online video and the programming available from multichannel video distributers, such as cable, satellite and phone companies. […]

Are Stories of Cable "Cord Cutting" a Myth?

Stories about “cord cutting” seem to be all the rage right now, but many of them are overlooking some pretty basic – and readily available facts – which suggest that consumers may enjoy online video but they certainly aren’t ditching their set-top boxes by the truckload (just the opposite). But, before getting into some of […]

Should All Content Be Online for Free?

Stories come and go in both the general media landscape and the blogosphere, but often the same issues remain on the radar, but driven by different players and events. For example, recently we’ve seen coverage of the Hulu-Boxee affair, the possible launch of online video platforms by cable operators such as Comcast & Time Warner […]

More Cord-cutting Coverage

For some time, I’ve been noting on my Twitter account the rising tide of people who have decided to cut the cord that ties them to servicing their television needs through cable, satellite or other wired means, instead turning to the Internet to be informed and entertained.  The topic is blowing up now, with Washington […]

Why You Should Pay For More Than You Watch

There was a column in the L.A. Times yesterday from David Lazarus entitled: “Let’s pay only for the TV we watch.” So, once again, back we go to the topic of “a la carte” cable service. I get it. It feels like much of the content world is going to a pay-only-for-what-you-want model. Certainly, it […]

More Media Inaccuracies About A La Carte

We can only repeat ourselves on a la carte so many times before our heads burst in frustration. I think we’re one or two posts away from that point, so this may be my last word on the subject. But first, let me explain the reason for my frustration. Rob Pegoraro, the gadget guy at […]