On March 10, major cable companies and programmers will ask a federal judge in Los Angeles to reject an antitrust suit that would require pay-TV distributors to allow consumers to buy channels a la carte. In a Dec. 21 court filing, Comcast, on behalf of the cable firms, said the suit was an attempt to alter the antitrust laws. Viacom, representing cable programmers, said antitrust laws did not provide consumers a right to buy channels individually.

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