It will be interesting to see how this shakes out. But I don't expect anything to change. The article says the lawsuit is complaining that Cablevision is complaining that it has to carry 14 little-watched channels in order to get the right to carry the more popular stuff. Viacom has responded by saying that no carrier is required to purchase all their channels. They can purchase them individually, but the bundles are more cost effective, and are a win-win for everyone.
1. The per-subscriber-per-month cost of those 14 channels combined is probably less than the cost of one of the more popular channels, so forcing Viacom to unbundle isn't going to save anyone much money.
2. If Cablevision's suit is successful, Viacom would simply recoup its losses by charging more for the popular channels. So the chances of this resulting in savings for either Cablevision or consumers is virtually nil.
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