Television Industry
Let the market sort out TV winners and losers

To the editor: HBO and CBS recently announced plans to cut out the cable middleman and sell directly to the public. These deals pit them against traditional cable operators, which have bet big that consumers prefer a larger, "aggregated" bundle of programming and other services. ("Moves by HBO, CBS could be tipping point for a la carte pricing," Oct. 16) But while this content middleman ("aggregator") role is under siege, the very same companies are being accused of being monopolistic "gatekeepers" by industry critics. The Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission are reviewing the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal and asking if...