Originally posted by uzless
Don't buy a cup of coffee today and order the channel. it's what, 2 bux/month?
NFL Network: "Hey Cable, please carry our network."
Cable: "No problem, we'd love to! In fact, we think it will be popular enough that we can put it in a higher tier subscription package so people will have to pay more for it. Yippee! We'll all be rolling in cash."
NFL Network: "Absolutely no way. We package our image as fan friendly, and if you don't include the NFL Network as part of the basic cable package for subscribers, we refuse to license our games to you."
Cable: "Wait a second, that makes us look like the bad guys. We're going to counter by telling the public that to carry your games on the basic package means a rate increase of $8.40 for everyone, even people who don't watch football."
NFL Network: "That's strange, because our numbers show that your
numbers are ridiculous. Isn't saying that adding one channel costs $8.40 for every subscriber proof that rates for cable are too high? Hey, when cable added The Golf Channel to its basic lineup, how much did subscribers rates increase?"
Cable: "$0.00, but quit trying to distract us with facts! We can say what we want, and we can advertise against you in a smear campaign because we're the media, who is going to stop us?"
NFL Network: "Fine with us, we'll advertise that people should go to the DISHtv which doesn't seem to have to raise rates by $8.40 per subscriber to carry the games. Funny that, eh?"
Cable: "You are now being served a Cease & Desist inunction to stop airing those commercials!"
NFL Network: "Truth hurts, don't it? Well, you got your injunction, but this public rhubarb has gotten the People and Congress to think about regulation by allowing subscribers the option of only paying for the specific channels they want, no block packages. Enjoy."