Recently, the state of Maine passed a law requiring that cable operators offer an à la carte TV option. The new law says that “a cable system operator shall offer subscribers the option of purchasing access to cable channels, or programs on cable channels, individually.” This would bring à la carte TV, which many have hoped for, to the state of Maine.
Now Comcast, Fox, CBS, and Disney are suing saying that federal law supersedes the state law when it comes to TV services.
Their fear is understandable as many have predicted that a lot of cable TV channels would not survive à la carte TV. The possibility of many profitable channels shutting down because most cable TV subscribers don’t watch them has prevented any hope of à la carte TV in the past.
This will be a major landmark case for both cord cutting and cable TV. If Comcast, Fox, CBS, and Disney win, it will set back hopes for à la carte TV. If Maine wins, it could open the floodgates for other states to require a true à la carte TV option.
The new law is set to take effect on September 19, 2019. This lawsuit hopes to block that from happening. Cord Cutters News will be keeping a close eye on this case and will post updates as we learn more.
Source Bangor Daily News
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