World Series Averages 13.8 Million Viewers Thurs. Games Draw Combined 16.7 Million Viewers NFL TV Viewership Through Week 8 Chevy Takes Advantage Of MVP Presentation Royals Seem To Have Staying Power NFL Ratings Unhurt By Off-Field Issues CBS' McManus All In For "TNF" Broadcasts Ruling Allows Purchase Of CSN Houston New Ads Promote NBC's Streaming Platform Bears Players Embrace Media Opportunities
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD/January 28, 2013/Media
Verizon Joins DirecTV In Charging Subscribers Surcharge For RSNs
Published January 28, 2013
WANT MORE GREAT STORIES LIKE THIS?
CLICK ON ONE OF THESE BUTTONS
EVERYONE PAYS: In N.Y., Brian Stelter in a front-page piece noted the "eye-popping price tags have restarted debate about a topic near and dear to sports fans, fairness: many TV customers never watch the mightily expensive channels at all, yet almost all must pay." Stelter wrote just about "everybody in the business agrees that the overall costs are outrageous," but nobody has "an easy solution." For the most part, "all of these networks are requirements, not options for cable customers." Industry critics said that if "anything ever causes distributors to try more of an 'à la carte' model of pricing, it’s sports programming." Some distributor execs "privately agree." They "talk of a bubble caused by the high license fees commanded by sports leagues, and demanded by the networks that pay those fees." They said that they "want to keep costs down, and some have even threatened to drop low-rated channels from their lineups." But they "continue to agree to pay more and more for sports." Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures co-Founder & CEO Chris Bevilacqua said, "If consumers were that upset by the costs, they'd be dropping their cable subscriptions in droves" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/26).