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TIME WARNER & TIME WARNER CABLE CHIEFS CLASH OVER BUNDLING

December 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The heads of Time Warner and Time Warner Cable are at odds over the practice of “bundling” cable TV networks — forcing carriers to accept low-rated (or no-rated) channels in order to receive popular ones. On Monday, Time Warner Cable chief Glenn Britt said that TWC plans to drop channels “that hardly anyone watches.” However, the following day, Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes remarked, “I don’t think that it’s desirable for consumers to break the bundle. … You’d end up having to pay more for less.” Bewkes and other cable executives have argued that without ad revenue from the smaller channels, content providers would have to increase their fees for the larger ones — increases that would have to be passed on to cable subscribers. Moreover, if viewers were allowed to cherry-pick channels, many might decide to select partisan channels like Fox News or MSNBC and do without CNN.