said by BF69: said by 45612019:
And that obscene $80+ fee every single subscriber pays for cable TV every month is all for nothing, right?
the money from the commericals goes to the networks producing the shows. The cable companies get ZILCH of that money. Your monthly subscriptions pays so the cable company can be allows to offer you those networks. For example abut $6 of your bill goes fopr ESPN and ESPN 2 and you cable company has no chocie but to take ESPN 2 if they want to offer ESPN. Sure your cable company could refuse to pay that $6 and pass the savings on to you but then at least half their cusotmers would leave for satellite or FioS or U-verse then your cable company would probably go out of business.
and due to who owns ESPN and ESPN 2, they have to be on a fairly basic package if the video provider wants to carry other channels owned by the Disney Group.