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TV industry overview

Ever wonder about the fees that make up your monthly TV bill?

Because we are local, 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.

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Local broadcast TV

Why is there a cost for local channels when they are free with an antennae?
Broadcast stations like CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX have the right to charge for their signals, and TV provides are required to pay substantial fees in order to carry them.

Network TV groups

Ever wonder why you can’t just pick the channels you like?
Many customers would prefer to pay for only the most popular Networks and a select group of quality, special-interest ones that appeal to them.

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Sports programming

Why do I pay so much for sports networks?
It’s not just about the home team or the big game. It’s big business. The steeply rising price of TV sports rights has doubled the basic video bill of all TV customers over the past decade.

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How does this happen?

8 multi-billion corporations own or control about 90% of existing TV channels
To continue increasing their revenue, they often require us to carry their less-popular networks on our most popular TV packages. This drives up the cost of your monthly bill, forcing you to pay for channels that have little or low viewership.

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Network surcharges

Broadcast TV, sports & entertainment network surcharges.
Programming fees paid to networks and sports channels, plus retransmission fees demanded by local broadcasters comprise the largest cost in our business. These fees are growing at an alarming rate – faster than RCN and other distributors can absorb.

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