"Since the beginning of the year, Raycom has told its viewers to switch
providers no fewer than three times, including twice suggesting DISH as
a great choice for consumers, as they play TV providers off of each
other using viewers as pawns," said
In January, Raycom was involved in a retransmission blackout with Cox Cable and suggested to its viewers to switch to another provider, including DISH and its competitors. In July, a retransmission dispute with Mediacom led Raycom to again ask viewers to switch. Now, as Raycom speaks to DISH customers, the broadcaster is telling viewers to switch again, including back to Cox Cable.
"The impact of these tactics on consumers should be the focus of
retransmission reform in Washington," said
DISH has introduced a plan to
"We are asking that pay-TV providers be allowed to temporarily import network content from another market if there are blackouts during retransmission negotiations," explained Dodge. "This is not a perfect solution, but one that keeps the consumer's interests at the forefront and prevents disrupting their lives. It partially levels the playing field. We aren't asking for an advantage, just fair rules. Right now, programmers hold all of the power and they aren't using it for the public interest, they are using it strictly for profit and to the detriment of the American consumer."
According to data from SNL Kagen, a leading industry research firm,
broadcast retransmission fees rose a estimated 372 percent from 2008 to
2012, and are anticipated to rise more than 1,100 percent by 2018, from
"As pay-TV providers across the board watch our subscriber base level off, we do not have the profit margins to absorb those costs and are forced to pass them on to consumers," added Shull. "The people left in the dark are viewers. I think consumers are fed up, and I don't blame them."
To read Raycom's suggestion to viewers to switch providers, see the following links:
January: Raycom asks Cox Cable viewers to switch
July: Raycom asks Mediacom viewers to switch
August: Raycom asks DISH customers to switch
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