“The TV model is broken,” says ISP that stopped offering pay-TV

“I think the TV model is broken,” BTC Broadband President Scott Floyd told the newspaper. BTC stopped offering TV late last year while continuing to sell Internet and phone service. “The Oklahoma company, which had been serving about 420 TV subscribers, decided it simply couldn’t afford to keep paying rising fees to carry a basic lineup of channels including ESPN, TNT, and MTV,” the [Wall Street Journal] wrote. […] Cedar Falls Utilities in Iowa last month complained that ESPN channels just got more expensive because of “forced carriage of channels we don’t want,” namely the SEC Network and Fusion. “We’re telling you this because cable subscribers often ask why they can’t just buy the 12 or 15 channels they want, instead of a large bundle that includes dozens of networks they never watch,” Cedar Falls marketing manager Betty Zeman wrote in a message to customers. “The answer is that bundling is created and enforced not by distributors like CFU, but by the handful of huge companies that own 90 percent of the channels you’ll find on any cable or satellite TV service.” – Jon Brodkin,Ars Technica
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