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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2011


PTC Praises Ninth Circuit Court for Withdrawing Ruling Against Cable Subscribers  

 

LOS ANGELES (November 1, 2011) – The Parents Television Council® praised the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for withdrawing its June 3 ruling which dismissed a class action antitrust lawsuit (Brantley v. NBC Universal) against the cable industry for requiring consumers to pay for bundles of programming.

“We are pleased with yesterday’s announcement from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that its June 3 ruling against cable subscribers has been withdrawn. We look forward to the Court once again hearing this watershed case and are thankful that our call for a rehearing has been rendered moot,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Consumers, not the cable industry, should decide which networks they purchase every month. The current system that forces consumers to pay for dozens of unwanted networks is patently unfair and, we believe, constitutes illegal product bundling. 

“In recent days, we witnessed the latest display of what’s wrong with the cable model when DirecTV and Fox engaged in a bitter and very public carriage dispute. Sadly, with the resolution of their dispute, consumers lost yet again and are unable to determine for themselves which cable networks they will be purchasing. We urge the Ninth Circuit Court to move swiftly to rehear this case and put an end to the anti-consumer cable bundling con,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

 
To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Megan Franko at (703) 859-5054 or Liz Krieger at (703) 683-5004 ext. 120.


The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

 

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