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.
Our Job: Being on Your Side
Our goal is to manage your monthly bill by fighting against excessive TV network fee increases from the large, powerful media conglomerates.
You are our customer and 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. Did you 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.