• Working Together to Keep Costs in Check

    TVonMySide.com 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.

     

Our Job: Being on Your Side

 

Our goal is to manage your monthly bill by fighting against excessive TV network fee increases from large, powerful media conglomerates. That’s why we are a member of the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), a collective of more than 900 independent cable and broadband companies across the United States. This allows us to negotiate as one larger group to gain the cost benefits that the larger 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 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 and viewing options to help you get through the short time a network may typically pull 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 to boost their bottom line at your expense.  They may demand excessive fee increases; package unpopular networks with popular ones; take their programming away from you while we negotiate; or any combination of these tactics. Did you also 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 want?

  • 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?

  • 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.

 

Should You Switch TV Providers
During a Dispute?

We’d like you to stay and here is why: Networks want you to switch to get your current provider to agree to their demands. But the fact is that ALL TV providers (whether cable, satellite or telephone providers) face this same problem, and it’s the provider that is working to keep your bill low – not the network. So even if you switch your provider now, chances are that you will experience the same problem with another provider down the line. Networks don’t care about the cost, time and inconvenience that switching means for you; they get paid either way.

Local TV stations pulled the plug on their viewers in over 110 cities in 2013. In 2012, they denied programming to their viewers in 91 cities when local Cable TV providers didn’t meet their demands.

Here are examples of recent disputes between networks and TV providers. Click on any dispute to read more:

 

Still Have Questions?
We Have Answers.

Q: Why do I have to pay for channels I never watch?

A: Cable TV providers are often required by contract to carry both the most-popular and least-popular cable networks. In turn, if we ask for a price for just the most-popular networks, a common response from channel owners is to raise their price, effectively eliminating this option from consideration.Here’s a hypothetical scenario to help illustrate the situation: Imagine that, under its current contract, a certain programming channel owner is receiving a total of $4.00 per customer per month for three channels. Only one of those three channels is highly rated.

In negotiating a new contract, the channel owner now wants $6.00 per customer per month for the same three channels. When asked what the price would be for just the one highly rated channel, the owner responds that it will be $6.50. In other words, the channel owner demands $6.00 for three channels (a 50% increase over its current fees) or $6.50 for one channel (a 62.5% increase). That leaves the Cable TV provider with little option but to buckle down and seek a lower rate for all three channels, two of which you may never watch.

Q: Why do programming channel owners take their channels away from TV providers?

A: This is an unfortunate tactic that channel owners use to gain leverage in their negotiations. What’s more, before and after they remove channels, they may ask you to call and/or email your Cable TV service provider in an attempt to put pressure on the provider to cave in to the channel owners’ excessive fee increases.

Q: If channels are temporarily suspended, what are my viewing options?

A: In each situation, we’ll communicate viewing alternatives, when and where they’re available.

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