Money & greed is ruling a dispute between a cable company and a programmer. In this case, it’s the Fox Network and Time-Warner Cable.
Fox’s carriage contract with TWC expires on Thursday at midnight. If no agreement is reached, Fox will pull its owned and operated affiliates off TWC, leading to many upset cable subscribers hoping to see the NFL, American Idol & “24”.
Viewers are stuck in the middle of battles between cable operators and programmers. Neither side has ever proven to be consumer friendly. Neither side has ever really cared about the interests of the viewers. In fact, no matter who “wins” these disputes, it’s the viewers who always wind up paying more.
This ridiculous scenario is attempting to be duplicated in Canada. The Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is considering a similar carriage fee on cable and satellite companies to pay for TV stations such as CBC, CTV and Global.
Cable companies such as Rogers, Cogeco and Bell TV would be forced to pass along the extra costs to their customers. Tough negotiations, such as the Fox/Time Warner dispute would be inevitable.
Canadian cable and satellite subscribers need to be aware of the possible carriage tax proposal the CRTC is hearing and come out strongly against it. My feeling is that if TV stations cannot operate in the public interest they should not be in business. If anything, TV stations should be required to devote their resources to putting back original content on the air.
“Profits before people” has been the monacher for big business. It needs to be the other way around! The only way it can happen is by regulation!