NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - What if you could tell your cable company you were only going to pay for the channels you wanted at your place? There is a bill being considered in Washington that would do just that.
A Connecticut senator is backing it.
It's The Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013, a bill first introduced by Republican John McCain and now supported by Democrat Richard Blumenthal.
It aims to get rid of expensive bundles, but some say it will do more harm than good.
"I'm really a big fan of the Food Network, and if I could couple that with the Game Show Network and any of the mystery type of networks, that would be something I'd really enjoy," said Matthew Gregory, of Hamden.
Picking and choosing which channels stream into your cable system is still just a dream for many. The Television Consumer Freedom Act is a bill that aims to require that cable providers offer an a la carte option to subscribers.
"That's the principle we're seeking to advance. Removing the artificial restraints that the industry is imposing simply to increase its profits. Giving consumers more choices and more freedom," said Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Major providers like Dish Network, Comcast and DirecTV all offer bundles and in many cases, the channel you want might cost you big bucks.
Many consumers say a la carte is a long time coming.
"I think it's a good idea because I don't like paying for things I don't use," said Edward Peterson, Hamden.
"That makes me feel excited. I think that would be an awesome opportunity, especially in this day in age with everybody's financial situations and everybody's on strict budgets," said Nichole Twohill, Hamden.
But will this really save the viewer money? Cable providers and certain networks say no.
ESPN released the following statement:
"An a la carte system would cost consumers significantly more money for dramatically less choice as evidenced by virtually every research and academic report prepared on this topic. ESPN is hugely popular and, along with many other cable networks, provides a tremendous entertainment value."
Another concern is some channels might not survive in an a la carte world, giving consumers less to choose from.
Some viewers say the freedom to choose trumps the number of channels you have to choose from.
"I'm fine with the best options floating to the top. That's the way it should be. That's the way most economies work," said Peterson.
This bill is still in the introductory phases. Blumenthal says it's gaining momentum with the public as well as other legislators.