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Cable customers file lawsuit aimed at breaking up bundles

Published Jun 20th, 2013 10:50PM EDT
Time Warner Cable Bundles Lawsuit

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No one is really happy with cable bundles these days and now some cable customers are filing a class action lawsuit aimed at breaking them up. Consumerist reports that Time Warner Cable customers in California are suing the company because they don’t want to subsidize its exclusive sports broadcasting deals with rising monthly cable prices. The customers say that because they don’t watch any sports they shouldn’t have to pay higher prices just so Time Warner Cable can make up the $11 billion or so that it’s paid for the exclusive rights to broadcast Dodgers and Lakers games for the next two decades. In particular the plaintiffs claim that a “very large segment of the consuming public is not sufficiently interested to pay $50-60 per year, but have no way of unsubscribing from either the Dodgers or Lakers telecast, which together add (or will if unrestrained) about $100 per year to the subscriber’s TWC bill.”

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.