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Last Update on April 21, 2015 07:06 GMT

IN THE NEWS: ESPN CHALLENGES VERIZON'S DE-BUNDLING PLANS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Breaking up is hard to do. It's true of love -- and apparently also when it comes to breaking up those bundling deals cable TV providers usually offer. Last week, Verizon announced it was giving its FiOS customers the choice of buying certain blocs of programming to keep people from paying for channels they don't use. For example, if you're into cooking but not sports, you might want to get the tier of shows that feature home and garden stuff and take a pass on sports networks like ESPN. But ESPN is objecting that Verizon has made the ESPN and ESPN2 sports channels optional. The sports network says it has a "pre-nup" -- saying its deal with the company states its main channels can't be shunted off to a separate sports package.

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