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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.


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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 Network fee increases from large, powerful media conglomerates. That’s why we are a member of the NCTC, a collective of more than 900 independent Local TV and Broadband providers across the United States. This allows us to negotiate as one larger group to gain the cost benefits that the larger Cable and Satellite TV 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  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 the Networks pull their signal, they are hoping to get you to put pressure on us to get them to agree to their demands for higher Network fees – and we all end up paying more.

Ever Wonder About the Costs That Make Up Your Monthly Local TV Bill?

Because we’re a hometown business, we are invested in our community, our employees and our customers. With Network fees dramatically increasing and impacting your monthly bill, we wanted to give you a backstage pass to better understand the economics of the TV business.

Click here to learn about:

  • How five media conglomerates control about 90% of TV Networks, and use this power to charge excessive Network fees and force consumers to pay for extra channels.

  • How the steeply rising price of TV sports rights has doubled the basic Satellite and Cable TV bill over the past decade.

  • How broadcast stations use an outdated law to force all Satellite and Cable customers to pay for stations that are available FREE over the air, at an average total rate that has increased over 6000% in less than a decade.

  • How Networks use blackouts to get customers to pressure all Satellite and Cable providers to give in to the demands.

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In the News

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  • 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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  • Affiliate Revenues Trump Ad Revenues For TV Cos.
    Affiliate Revenues Trump Ad Revenues For TV Cos.

    Revenues from affiliate fees for many U.S. TV networks groups -- now greater than advertising revenues -- will continue to rise at a faster rate than advertising dollars in the coming years. AMC Networks get the highest percentage of revenue from affiliate fees -- 35%. Viacom is next at 29%; Scripps Networks Interactive, 29%; Discovery Communications, 22%; Walt Disney, 20%; Time Warner, 16%; and then CBS, at 7%.

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  • Cable networks will save themselves by focusing on what they do best
    Cable networks will save themselves by focusing on what they do best

    “The Wall Street Journal report(ed) that the US top 40 most widely distributed cable channels in 2010 – USA and AMC included – have lost an average of 3.2 million subscribers, or more than 3% of their distribution, during the last four years…”

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  • Could AMC Networks Have Upside With The Upper Hand In Carriage Dispute With DirecTV?
    Could AMC Networks Have Upside With The Upper Hand In Carriage Dispute With DirecTV?

    Carriage disputes are nothing new in the world of rising programming costs. AMC Networks has gone through several of disputes of its own and finds itself in the middle of another pending dispute that could see viewers lose AMC programming for a short period of time… The latest battle pits AMC against DirecTV, who is in the middle of a pending acquisition by AT&T.

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