Television Provider versus Content Provider

It just seems that the content providers are working hard to price themselves out of the market no matter what provider you have for your entertainment dollar. I know we have capitalism where people can march with their feet to a new provider, but when you join Verizon Fios, Dish Network or even DirecTV you end up getting into a contract to help pay for the free installation and other basics that lead you towards joining them in the first place.

I am not asking for federal regulations that allow people to get out of contracts because the television providers failed to negotiate with the content provider or the content provider is asking for an excessive amount of compensation during renegotiations.

However, I am asking for the simple request of knowing when Dish Network or any other provider might have contract problems in the first place so people would not tie themselves to contracts and be fully informed of their choices. I signed a new contract in August for HD programming with Dish Network and I did not know that Dish would have issues with Fox.

This regulation would probably cost less than a few hundred dollars for a secretary to make a table on their website listing when their programming contracts expire for the leading providers such as Comcast NBC, Disney and Viacom as an example.

2 thoughts on “Television Provider versus Content Provider”

  1. I suspect that if such information were readily available, it wouldn’t make much of a difference in people’s buying patterns, since SOME contract is always expiring with every provider. Which is why I’m ignoring News Corp’s pleas to me to switch from DISH to some other provider; why go through all the hassle of changing with News Corp, or Disney, or someone is going to pull the same stunt a few months from now on whatever provider I select?

    It won’t affect us in our area, but things are going to get really interesting when NBC contracts expire with Comcast. Will Comcast run the units as separate entities, or will there be a sweetheart deal which ensures that Comcast gets NBC programming no matter what? And what will the long term ramifications of this be?

    In essence this is already happening with the major sports leagues – you have to sign up with one programmer or another to get a league’s premium programming.

    Perhaps it’s time to invest in some rabbit ears.

  2. I suspect that if such information were readily available, it wouldn’t make much of a difference in people’s buying patterns, since SOME contract is always expiring with every provider. Which is why I’m ignoring News Corp’s pleas to me to switch from DISH to some other provider; why go through all the hassle of changing with News Corp, or Disney, or someone is going to pull the same stunt a few months from now on whatever provider I select?

    It won’t affect us in our area, but things are going to get really interesting when NBC contracts expire with Comcast. Will Comcast run the units as separate entities, or will there be a sweetheart deal which ensures that Comcast gets NBC programming no matter what? And what will the long term ramifications of this be?

    In essence this is already happening with the major sports leagues – you have to sign up with one programmer or another to get a league’s premium programming.

    Perhaps it’s time to invest in some rabbit ears.

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