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Keep Costs in Check is your source for up-to-date information and solutions about TV network disputes. This website is a collaborative effort of hundreds of local, independent Cable TV providers located throughout the country in communities like yours. By uniting our companies, we can work together to achieve more flexibility and better offerings for you at the lowest price possible.


Viacom - MTV Networks

We are currently in talks with Viacom, the owner of cable networks such as Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, TV Land, BET and many others.

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Our Job: Being on Your Side

Our goal is to manage your monthly bill by fighting against excessive TV network fee increases from large, powerful media conglomerates. That’s why we are a member of the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), a collective of more than 900 independent cable and broadband companies across the United States. This allows us to negotiate as one larger group to gain the cost benefits that the larger providers enjoy, while still enabling us to provide home-town service to our customers.

  • We know you want a good value. When networks demand huge fee increases, we work to get the best offerings at the best price possible so we can keep your bill as low as possible.

  • You want more choice and control with your TV programming: We strive to get networks to offer their shows to you on YOUR terms, not theirs.

  • We ask that networks do not hold their channel hostage from you while we are negotiating. When they pull their signal, they are hoping to get you to do their negotiating for them – and we all end up paying more.

  • In a dispute, we will offer solutions to help you get through the short time a network typically pulls its signal.

The Few Control the Many

Consolidation among the major network media companies means they have power and programming leverage – and they are not afraid to use it to boost their bottom line at your expense. They may demand excessive fee increases; package unpopular networks with popular ones; take their programming away from you while we negotiate; or any combination of these tactics. Did you also know that
  • Nine media companies control 95% of the paid video content consumed in the U.S.?

  • The average household watches only 16 channels, yet networks package their channels to force you to buy those you don’t want in order to get those that you do?

  • Programming network fees account for the bulk of your monthly cable bill?

  • The cost of basic cable has risen 3½ times the rate of inflation over the last 15 years because of demands from networks for higher programming fees?

  • The networks are able to impose huge fee increases because they do not have a relationship with you? (Your Cable TV provider collects the money for them.)

  • One media company honcho recently stated that, “…content is such a fundamental part of daily life that people will give up food and a roof over their heads before they give up TV.”? This shows that they have lost their perspective and the demands for huge increases will continue.

Cable Customers Must Pay For "Free" Broadcast TV

Your Cable TV provider is required to carry your local broadcast TV stations. It’s the law, and Cable TV providers must first obtain each station’s permission before they can carry them on their cable systems. However, stations only grant permission when the Cable TV provider agrees to pay the stations whatever fee they demand, even though anyone can receive TV signals for free over the air by using an antenna. This means that YOU pay for the same station that they broadcast free over the air when you get broadcast TV via cable. We don’t think this is fair, and are working to keep these costs in check.

Sports Teams Want Everyone to Pay

Community and sports are so intertwined that we sometimes forget that they are big businesses. And when it comes to TV rights, teams want to make everyone pay – or no one gets to watch their games. Cable TV providers are often forced to carry sports networks on their basic package, which reaches the most customers, or they are not allowed to carry it at all.

For many Cable TV providers, sports networks account for up to 75% of all network fees, yet they are only a small percentage of the total channels offered. So you may be paying $20- $30 or more each month for all of these sports channels – even if you aren’t a fan, or watch only a few of them.

In the News

Want to learn more and hear what others are saying about these issues?

  • AMC Warns DirecTV Subscribers the Network Could Go Dark
    AMC Warns DirecTV Subscribers the Network Could Go Dark

    Taking an unusually early step, cable network AMC used commercial breaks on its most popular show, “The Walking Dead,” to let viewers know that they may miss episodes next year if they have DirecTV satellite pay-TV service. With its DirecTV contract set to expire at the end of December, AMC went on the offensive late Sunday by publicly airing what has been a growing dispute over the satellite broadcaster's carriage of AMC channels.

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  • Turner Warns Dish Users That TNT & TBS Might Follow CNN, Toons Going Dark
    Turner Warns Dish Users That TNT & TBS Might Follow CNN, Toons Going Dark

    Turner quietly noted on a website today that the satellite company’s 14 million subscribers soon might lose TNT and TBS — a contrast to CBS, which just issued a noisy call-to-arms to its fans who might see network-owned stations go dark on Dish as early as Thursday. Turner says that it also plans spots on TNT and TBS, online ads, a social media campaign, and billboards in Atlanta.

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  • STELAR Becomes Law
    STELAR Becomes Law

    "ACA is very pleased that President Obama has signed the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization Act (STELAR) into law," said American Cable Association president Matt Polka. "Competition and consumers are the clear beneficiaries of this new law."

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  • Small-sized Cable Providers Decry Rate Hikes
    Small-sized Cable Providers Decry Rate Hikes

    The American Cable Association has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of both small and large operators to allow unbundling. Under current law, television programmers or media corporations can force cable or satellite operators to purchase several channels in order to carry a single popular channel, such as ESPN.

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  • Rising TV Fees Mean All Viewers Pay to Keep Sports Fans Happy
    Rising TV Fees Mean All Viewers Pay to Keep Sports Fans Happy

    Many TV customers never watch the mightily expensive channels at all, yet almost all must pay. John Malone, the business tycoon who helped create the modern-day cable system, said that "runaway sports rights" costs amounted to "a high tax on a lot of households that don't have a lot of interest in sports." The only short-term fix, he said, was government intervention.

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