Actually, cable operators pay per subscriber for a lot of channels, including basic cable channels. Some channels are advertiser-supported (free to the cable operator) and some channels even pay the cable operator to carry them (like when a new channel is being launched.)<br><br>But make no mistake, cable operators pay for ESPN, TBS, TNT, A&E, etc. That's why I think all channels should be a la carte. Want sports programming? Then pay for it. <br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>But make no mistake, cable operators pay for ESPN, TBS, TNT, A&E, etc.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Ahhh, so if that's true then its those stations that are raking it in from the cable operators and through advertising.. OMG, ESPN is so commercial laden I can't even stand it (not to mention its part of Disney).<br><br>I'll make sure to use the quickskip through those channels every time. I hope ReplayTV holds out for a while, its really nice.<br><br>
Like someone mention I believe.<br>Cable has to pay their own subscription to carry a new channel.<br><br>example; Cable company A wants to carry the History Channel - History might charge them a 3 dollar per subscriber fee <-- that gets past down to the end user ----- after all why would the History Channel let a cable company run their programing for free ??<br><br>Commercial Advertising;<br>This comes in 2 forms, well thats my understanding ??<br><br>1 - Local commercial advertising - you can always tell when its a local ad, these go back into any cable/antenna company that shares the air time. An advertiser simply buys blocks of air time in a giving locality. Simply you will not see a cheesy Used Car Dealer ad from Hawaii in New york<br><br>2 - National;<br>Its almost like the local structure but different. National ads are bought by advertisers by "Regions" like West coast, East coast, Mid west - The channels get the lion share and the cable providers negotiate on the bits they can get. Hence the cable providers that have a large local advertisers have an advantage over the national ones when it comes to negotiations over what percentage they get for broadcasting a commercial.<br><br>Bottom line;<br>Both the channels and the cable companies have to pay something to provide you with the content that you watch - Its just pass down to you divided by the viewers = good example the Super Bowl - The football owners charged a premium for channels to cover the game<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>"House..how are we going to save this girl? Well; she's not responding to new extra-strength Advil, now in a non-drowsy version for all your pain relief needs, so we'll have to do something else..."<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>Are you kidding? The advertisers would never allow that. They'd demand the script be changed so that she did respond to the extra-strength Advil. <br><br>
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