I have a higher priced package than the most basic package only because I want the local channels. (see what i mean?) That gives me more than a hundred (hundreds?) of channels I have excluded in my favorites list. I don't watch the kid's, christian, shopping, music, Spanish, or many other channels. In fact, the reason I got a satellite dish in the first place was because my cable provider, at that time, did not have Comedy Central, the place I get my kid's, christian, shopping, music, and Spanish information.
I think they can switch on/off any individual channel for each customer. They switched on the local FoxSports channel for me when I called and said I wasn't getting it.
I once bought a set of 12 Magic Markers because I needed only a brown one. I recently bought a 6-piece accessory kit for my Kindle. All I needed was the charger, but the kit was cheaper than just a charger from Amazon. So, I am willing to pay for something I don't want to get something I really want, if it's a one-time event. The TV package is monthly with ever increasing cost. I don't like that. I'd rather be able to pick the channels I want even if a channel I pick has some shows I would never watch.
So, I hope McCain gets a bundle of support for this bill. I hope it becomes the law so I won't have to pay for Jewelry Television, though I'm sure many people couldn't live without it.
But it won't pass. AZ will be a Blue State before that happens. Why not? Same reason a lot of good bills don't pass - lobbies.
Opponents say customers would not save money. Smaller channels would not survive. Prices of popular channels would be high. Etc.
Again, thank you Sen. McCain for working in my interest. I guess the DC lobbies are more powerful than you and me.
The article at USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/05/20/mccain-revives-a-la-carte-cable-bill/2325953/