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Comcast, Charter caught suppressing skinny bundles

Amid more pay TV subscriber losses, and rising competitive pressure from OTT services, Comcast and Charter have both been caught trying to sabotage skinny bundles to serve their own interests. Smaller pay TV providers and new “virtual MVPD” providers have begun launching innovative skinny bundles in response to the waves of cord cutting and cord shaving that’s plagued the US pay TV industry for the past five years. Comcast, itself, is experimenting with a few different types of new bundles, include skinny cable packages and streaming TV bundles. But the American Cable Association (ACA), which represents 750 small cable TV providers in the US, has accused Comcast of forcing smaller operators to suppress their skinny bundle offerings that don’t include…

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