RCN pays programmers (network or station owners) a fee per channel, per month, per customer. When contracts come to an end, we negotiate new agreements, and most of the time, you never hear about them. But sometimes, a network or station owner will demand a significant increase in its monthly fees then may try to force us to accept their demands. In those cases, we believe it’s our responsibility to take a stand and help protect you from excessive increases.
In recent years, broadcasters and network owners have become very aggressive, demanding increasingly larger payments for carriage of their “must see” network shows and their family of networks when historically most channels were available at much lower costs to consumers and the cable TV provider. Here is what is happening:
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