I’m the first to admit that I didn’t see this coming.
In the near future, you may be able to purchase a smaller bundle of cable TV channels than you now buy for less money than you’re now paying. But it may not be all that much of a deal.
In previous columns, I’ve said it was unlikely that cable and satellite companies would offer such packages because that would reduce their revenues. The providers have argued against such moves, saying changes would upset the whole cable-satellite business.
And if the practice became widespread, I noted that many less-viewed channels would disappear because those channels rely on cable company fees, along with selling commercials for their income.
If viewers chose not to include these channels in their selection, the fringe networks would face doom – they’d have to charge less for commercials because of reduced viewership, and they’d lose income from cable and satellite companies, which pay them for carriage on cable and satellite systems.
But now, Comcast has introduced a slimmed-down package of about 20 channels.