So, if you haven’t noticed – we are in a contract dispute with Hearst and millions of our customers are without Hearst stations. At the same time, DirecTV and Viacom are at it with each other and DirecTV customers are without Viacom programming.
Ditto AMC and Dish.
During negotiations like this, it is common for programmers to suggest that affected customers switch to a rival programmer.
And we’ve been saying for years that switching is a Band-Aid fix at best. It brings me absolutely no pleasure to say that this current situation- with Hearst, Viacom, AMC, Time Warner Cable, Dish and DirecTV – proves our point more strongly than ever.
Here’s our official statement:
Like the millions of consumers affected by it directly, we deplore that programmers have once again pulled the plug on television viewers, this time with DirecTV, Dish Networks and Time Warner Cable. Consumers are tired of these disputes and so are we — television networks can’t continue to demand huge price increases and expect us to silently pass those cost increases on to our customers.
We will continue to stand up for consumers against programmers’ outrageously large price increases that serve no purpose other than to line network pockets at our customers’ expense.