Bundling in the television market : who will benefit the most from á-la-carte channel choice in the Norwegian television market?
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Bundling of television channels has been heavily criticized by consumers, but is still observed in most television markets. In this paper I investigate the consequences of unbundling the Norwegian market, especially from the distributors’ and channels’ points of view. Classic bundling theory does not apply particularly well to this market, and I therefore look at industry specific models which have helped to achieve a better understanding of the television market. Since the models have been developed in the US, I also discuss whether or not the US and Norwegian television markets differ. I find that the US industry models, with some modifications, also can be applied to the Norwegian market. Interestingly, I find that the consumer-favored à-la-carte policy will not reduce the average household expenditure on television channels. Furthermore, the industry models indicate that the distributors and channels will be slightly better off under à la carte.