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  • How broadcast stations use an outdated law to force all Satellite and Cable customers to pay for stations that are available FREE over the air, at an average total rate that has increased over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

  • Lilly TV stations in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands back on Dish after blackout
    Lilly TV stations in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands back on Dish after blackout

    “Lilly is further blinding the citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands at this time, showing an unbelievable lack of compassion…during this humanitarian crisis…” “Lilly’s decision to cut ties with DISH customers is a prime example of why Washington needs to stand up for consumers and end local channel blackouts… Broadcasters like Lilly use their in-market monopoly power to put profits ahead of the public interests they are supposed to serve.”

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  • Retransmission Revenues Explode
    Retransmission Revenues Explode

    Retransmission growth continued to be a huge source of revenue for broadcasters in the second quarter. The results all feed into a recent report from Kagan that stated the total amount of retransmission fees collected by U.S. broadcasters from traditional and virtual MVPDs is expected to reach $12.8 billion by 2023.

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  • Fox Networks Group Threatens Blackout on Charter in Latest Showdown
    Fox Networks Group Threatens Blackout on Charter in Latest Showdown

    Fox Networks Group, the division that includes FX Networks, National Geographic, Fox Sports and 19 regional sports networks warned it could cut off access to Charter’s 16 million Spectrum subscribers.

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  • DIRECTV: We’ve Lost 6 Local Channels in a Fee Fight
    DIRECTV: We’ve Lost 6 Local Channels in a Fee Fight

    DIRECTV has lost six local channels in three markets due to a fee fight with their owner, Lilly Broadcasting. The channels affected in the dispute are: WSEE-TV (CBS affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania); WICU-TV (NBC affiliate in Erie); WENY (CBS, ABC affiliates in Elmira, New York); and KMAU-TV (ABC and MeTV channels in Honolulu, Hawaii.).

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