•Cox Communications Inc. confirmed a report that it has begun to roll out a US$34.99 per month "TV Economy" tier that includes local networks and about 20 expanded basic channels, including Discovery Channel and Nickelodeon, but does not include ESPN, the most expensive channel of the lot (here's the TV Economy lineup for Hampton Roads, Va.). The price also includes a rental fee for one standard-definition set-top, a spokesman said, adding that Cox intends to offer TV Economy in all markets. The move, which follows the launch or trial of similar, no-frills video packages from MSOs such as Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), is coming into play as cable operators seek out ways to slow the flow of fleeing customers that have been hit hard by the economy or are otherwise looking for less expensive TV alternatives.
So, for $35 a month you can get Discovery and Nickelodeon in standard definition. Do they really think that's a deal?