Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/29/some-cable-companies-are-pushing-for-unbundled-channels-but-n/

Sick of paying for cable TV channels you don’t watch? Reportedly some operators are looking for a way — through negotiation or regulation — to end channel bundling, where to get certain channels (like MTV) they’re compelled to pack others (like TV Land) owned by the same company into their basic lineups. According to Reuters, smaller operators like Suddenlink and Mediacom are leading the charge, while even bigger companies like Comcast, Time Warner and DirecTV are feeling squeezed in retransmission fee disputes. However, as the LA Times points out, it’s still doubtful you’ll be able to pick and choose specific channels for a cheaper bill. What may be available however are cheaper packages of smaller bundles, like the lineup shown above that Comcast is testing in certain areas. What’s stopping true a la carte programming choices? Hybrid cable and content companies, like Comcast with NBC Universal and Time Warner, and sports — someone has to pay for that billion dollar ESPN Monday Night Football deal.

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Who’s Not Sick of Sexualized Sandwiches? Viral-Video Viewers

What People Watched the Week of June 22, 2009

by Abbey Klaassen

Published: July 02, 2009

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — While Ad Age’s Ken Wheaton lamented the multitude of sex-fueled fast-food campaigns last week, apparently the broader viral-video-watching audience is not sick of the schtick. Carl’s Jr. snuck onto the Viral Video Chart this week in the No. 10 spot with its video of “The Hills” star Audrina Patridge eating a Teriyaki burger in a gold lame bikini. Carl’s Jr. is still on the chart (for the fourth week in a row) for a different campaign: Its “How to Eat a Portobello Mushroom Burger” video, which enlisted a number of YouTube stars, is in the No. 6 spot.

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