Originally Posted by Bal3Wolf
Exactly our cable tv here is having same problems with Viacom they are trying to raise the price 40x what the last contract price was our town has about 30,000 people if that many probly 20,000 have the crappy local cable tv that is already a joke for 49.99. I watch alot of netflix some of you that complain you know you can use vpns from eur and canada and you will see shows you dont in the usa like for example i used a .ca vpn and they had world war z where usa netflix does not.
My family owned a small cable company for about 25 years, so I have a bit of insight into the industry to say the least.
The fact of the matter is the Networks tell the cable providers how much they want, and if the provider doesn't want to pay it, they can't legally carry that channel. There is no negotiation with the Networks, they pretty much can do what they want when they want.
There are CO-OPS like the NCTC, which organize smaller providers into one voice, but it is barely enough to keep things running in terms of pricing. Does ESPN want to start charging $3 per month per home passed, and not per subscriber? Guess what? They do that.
Content is not cheap, and there is little recourse for providers, even Netflix, when a Network or Copyright holder wants to increase rates. They either comply with those rate increases or they don't carry that content anymore.Edited by PostalTwinkie - 4/21/14 at 6:43pm