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  • How broadcast stations use an outdated law to force all Satellite and Cable customers to pay for stations that are available FREE over the air, at an average total rate that has increased over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

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

  • Dish loses 7 channels in contract dispute with Turner Broadcasting
    Dish loses 7 channels in contract dispute with Turner Broadcasting

    Turner Broadcasting, which licenses the channels for distribution to subscription services, pulled the channels from Dish's lineup upon the expiration of its current deal with the satellite service after the two companies were unable to negotiate renewed distribution terms. Programming blackouts have become a frequent occurrence of late in disputes between programming providers and subscription services.

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  • Cable ONE's Fight with Turner Broadcasting: Inside Program Packaging
    Cable ONE's Fight with Turner Broadcasting: Inside Program Packaging

    Earlier this year, Cablevision Systems Corp. sued Viacom over its bundling of networks. Viacom, Cablevision charged, “effectively forces Cablevision’s customers to pay for and receive little-watched channels in order to get the channels they actually want.” Recently, Cable ONE tried to unbundle Turner Networks, but Turner said ‘no,’ and took their nine channels dark.

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  • Cable ONE Faces Uphill Battle with Turner Over Channels, Cost
    Cable ONE Faces Uphill Battle with Turner Over Channels, Cost

    The battle over rising rates for programming is part of a growing number of disputes between cable distributors and broadcasting networks across the country as the market faces greater competition. Some industry experts say smaller distributors like Cable ONE have little leverage in such fights, forcing them to usually pay the higher rates demanded by networks to end such disputes. The cable companies may pass those costs onto customers, experts say.

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  • Cable Subscription Fees Bolster Time Warner's Profit
    Cable Subscription Fees Bolster Time Warner's Profit

    Time Warner reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher subscription fees for channels under its Turner Broadcasting and HBO units.

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