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# Legislators are debating whether cable television providers

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Legislators are debating whether cable television providers  [#permalink]

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Legislators are debating whether cable television providers should be required to offer subscribers the opportunity to choose to receive only the channels they want rather than a package of channels. Unfortunately, if this were done, new channels, especially smaller ones, would find it next to impossible to find an audience, since no one would choose to pay for something that they have never seen.

Which of the following, if true, would most undermine the conclusion of this argument?

A majority of cable subscribers would like to have greater flexibility regarding the number of channels they receive.
The legislation being debated would also provide grant money to help smaller stations pay for equipment.
Some cable providers offer their subscribers packages that consist of only three stations.
A recent poll indicates that most cable subscribers would be interested in receiving at least twelve channels.
Smaller stations could afford to offer their programming free for a limited time.
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27 Nov 2013, 07:01
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Legislators are debating whether cable television providers should be required to offer subscribers the opportunity to choose to receive only the channels they want rather than a package of channels. Unfortunately, if this were done, new channels, especially smaller ones, would find it next to impossible to find an audience, since no one would choose to pay for something that they have never seen.

Which of the following, if true, would most undermine the conclusion of this argument?

A majority of cable subscribers would like to have greater flexibility regarding the number of channels they receive.
The legislation being debated would also provide grant money to help smaller stations pay for equipment.
Some cable providers offer their subscribers packages that consist of only three stations.
A recent poll indicates that most cable subscribers would be interested in receiving at least twelve channels.
Smaller stations could afford to offer their programming free for a limited time.
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I guess the answer needs to be rectified. The OA here is E. But the OA mentioned states since the small stations can provide for free for the limited time, hence they will not receive serious audience willing to pay. As they are new in the market and one can get the subscription for a limited time. Or since the subscription is limited no one will better to renew it if the subscription is over. OR since the subscription is limited to limited shows, will be insufficient for any subscribers to know channels of his/her taste?

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21 Jun 2016, 09:49
Legislators are debating whether cable television providers should be required to offer subscribers the opportunity to choose to receive only the channels they want rather than a package of channels.

Unfortunately, if this were done, new channels, especially smaller ones, would find it next to impossible to find an audience,

since no one would choose to pay for something that they have never seen.

What if they see the channel for a couple of days for free. It is then possible that the people may like the channel and may feel like to buy the subscripiton of that channel. Keeping this thought in mind let us proceed towards the choices.

Which of the following, if true, would most undermine the conclusion of this argument?

A. A majority of cable subscribers would like to have greater flexibility regarding the number of channels they receive.............This argument does focus only on Legislators debate. even if this choice is accepted this statement does not undermine the conclusion regarding new smaller channels.

B. The legislation being debated would also provide grant money to help smaller stations pay for equipment.
Money relief can soothen channel expenses but cannot change customer preferences. This does not affect the conclusion as A.

C. Some cable providers offer their subscribers packages that consist of only three stations.
No of stations is irrelevant and this choice is completely out of scope.

D. A recent poll indicates that most cable subscribers would be interested in receiving at least twelve channels.
No of channels is irrelevant since we have no idea what are those channels small, big or new/old and this choice is completely out of scope.

E. Smaller stations could afford to offer their programming free for a limited time...........This is inline with our predefined line of thinking and is the correct choice.
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21 Jun 2016, 10:59
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Legislators are debating whether cable television providers should be required to offer subscribers the opportunity to choose to receive only the channels they want rather than a package of channels. Unfortunately, if this were done, new channels, especially smaller ones, would find it next to impossible to find an audience, since no one would choose to pay for something that they have never seen.

Which of the following, if true, would most undermine the conclusion of this argument?

A majority of cable subscribers would like to have greater flexibility regarding the number of channels they receive.
The legislation being debated would also provide grant money to help smaller stations pay for equipment.
Some cable providers offer their subscribers packages that consist of only three stations.
A recent poll indicates that most cable subscribers would be interested in receiving at least twelve channels.
Smaller stations could afford to offer their programming free for a limited time.

 Cable TV offers opportunity to choose package of channels.New Channels will find diff to find subscribers, because no one will like to pay for those channels which the have never seen.

(A) A majority of cable subscribers would like to have greater flexibility regarding the number of channels they receive.

Doesn't talk about the new channels , no impact on the conclusion.

(B) The legislation being debated would also provide grant money to help smaller stations pay for equipment.

Ok, Equipments are there but what about audience ? - No impact on the conclusion.

(C) Some cable providers offer their subscribers packages that consist of only three stations.

No impact on the conclusion.

(D) A recent poll indicates that most cable subscribers would be interested in receiving at least twelve channels.

No impact on the conclusion.

(E) Smaller stations could afford to offer their programming free for a limited time.

THe smaller channels can have an audience, directly impacts the highlighted part in the stimulus...

Hence correct answer must be (E)

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05 Apr 2019, 07:43
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The conclusion is that small new cable channels would find it next to impossible to find an audience. The evidence is that people would not pay for a channel they haven't seen. However, if the channels could be seen without being paid for (at least for a limited time), then they might very well find an audience, making (E) the correct response. What existing subscribers want is not relevant to the argument, unless we are told that they want new channels without having seen them. This is not what choice A states; so it does not affect the conclusion. Choice B would help the stations get started, but would not help them find an audience. The argument is not about receiving any number of stations, but rather receiving only those stations that a subscriber wants, making choices C and D incorrect.
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