said by OverrRyde:
Now if i understand this correctly, Rogers/Bell/etc don't pay for certain channels but they charge the client a premium to have have them and the studio/network gets squat?
There must be something im missing here
The channels in question are the channels they broadcast over the air.
When you look at where cable is coming from, it originally was just a way to get the analog signals to your home more cleanly than you could with rabbit ears. You were paying for the run of cable. Then came Pay TV.
Remember, the programming is *paid for* by the advertising we are forced to watch. If they charged Bell/Rogers, then they would just pass the buck on to us anyway, and we'd be double billed for the content.
Now, if they required Rogers to either pay or pass the signal on as-is without the terrible recompression they do, I'd be for that.