Ever Wonder Why Your Bill Keeps Going Up And Includes Channels You Never Watch?
Most people would prefer to access and pay for only those networks and shows their family watches. As your TV Provider, we would also like to offer this option, but Networks don't want this. Networks want to force TV Providers to include all their channels in the most popular level of service so they get paid for each of their channels every month – regardless of viewership. And if TV Providers don't agree to these demands, they won't let us include just the networks our customers want.
How Does This Happen?
It’s a matter of power: just five multi-billion-dollar corporations own or control about 90% of existing TV networks. 1
These five companies own most of the networks you want, as well as many of those you don’t. And they won’t let you have the most-popular networks unless you get the less-popular ones, too. It’s simple economics: they need more viewers for these less-popular netwroks to increase their subscriber fees andtheir advertising fees – so that they make more money.
The average household watches only about 16 channels regularly, but when Programmers package all of their Networks together, it creates an inflated group of four or more times that amount.
We strive to offer our customers a strong basic Cable TV package with the most popular Networks as well as those that they request the most. A solid basic Local TV video package provides your family a significant value over the options that most over-the-top (OTT) providers offer. In many OTT plans, you’ll often pay for shows by the episode or season, and costs can quickly escalate when all the shows each family member watches are factored in.
What happens if Satellite and Cable TV providers don’t accept the Networks’ packaging rules?
The Network may then launch a public dispute. Oftentimes, you’ll hear the Networks say that they’re asking for only, “pennies a day.” But all of us know that the pennies add up fast.
To learn more about disputes, click here.
1Ben Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly