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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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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • NBC threatens blackout of Cable One
    NBC threatens blackout of Cable One

    NBCUniversal has threatened to block out its broadcast network and 10 cable channels on Cable One if a renewal deal isn't in place by New Year's Day. Cable One responded with a statement, "… Despite the fact that NBC Universal is currently demanding a rate increase that is more than double our previous contract, we are continuing to negotiate in good faith and are optimistic that we will come to an agreement."

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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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