Walt Disney Co. and the cable television industry released two studies Wednesday that fault a recent government report on the sale of cable TV channels separately rather than in packages, saying the shift would increase consumer costs.
Commissioned by Disney and the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn., the studies disputed a Feb. 9 Federal Communications Commission report supporting so-called a la carte channel sales. The FCC report said a la carte sales could lower consumer costs by as much as 13%.
"The FCC report is fundamentally flawed," said George Bodenheimer, the co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of ESPN Inc. and ABC Sports. "The overwhelming body of evidence clearly shows that consumers will pay more and get less with a la carte."
The studies are the latest salvo in a struggle to force cable companies to let consumers pick each channel they receive so they have more control over the programs reaching their homes.