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.