Do TV Cable Companies Earn From The TV Channels?

@neildc (17268)
Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
March 17, 2011 1:09am CST
About an hour ago or two, while having lunch with my family at home, I overheard from a TV News this report: TV5 vs Sky Cable over Aksyon TV http://www.mukamo.com/tv5-vs-sky-cable-aksyon-tv/ So while having lunch, my wife said, what the heck if the cable company could not accommodate the station's new channel. And anyway, their UHF channel is for free. What comes into my mind is, while these cable companies earn from their subscribers, "How do these cable companies earn from the TV Channels they're broadcasting?" And what if the cable company could not accommodate them, "Are these TV networks/channels paying these cable companies to broadcast their channels?"
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@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
17 Mar 11
Hi neildc It is a corporate world out there and anything for money is possible with them. In India, we have two kinds or categories of cable providers - the dish people (these are the big corporates) and the others are local cable operators. The local cable operators again can operate in two modes - on a small scale(catering to a small local area) or the big ones (catering to one entire or more cities). They are all to make money. So the Corporates\ and the big ones (who operate on a city or more) always stand a chance to make money from the customers as well as the Channels. To them, it doesnt matter if they dont broadcast a specific channel, because there if they dont, there is no loss in their consumer base. So they ask for special benefits from the TV Channels. The small ones(who cater only to a specif area or location within a city) are the poor people and have no choice but to go with the demand of the Consumers. And they cannot even think to put their conditions to the TV Channels as TV Channels know that they are not the only ones operating within the locality. Even if they are, the consumers will not pay them the full amount of their monthly charges if they dont agree to the Terms of the Consumers... Cut-throat Economics here.
@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
28 Mar 11
Hi neildc Quite a many times I kept re-visiting this discussion to find if you posted any response to the comment... but hey I was surprised to get the BR from you on this one...
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
17 Mar 11
As far as I know these station pay a certain fee for being listed in the roster of the channels this cable company has. But I think it is not that big it is just payment for the space the channel will occupy in the long band of channels this cable companies have. But there are like the International channels the Cable Companies are the one that pays for their channel to be aired locally. I really am not sure if this is how it works. But I think being a sister company of ABS skycable would not process a rival station from accomodating new stations.
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@neildc (17268)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
17 Mar 11
i am doubtful about this, the cable companies pay the international channels to let them air them locally? how can the international channels monitor which cable company pays them and will allow them to send their signals to their cable?
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@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
17 Mar 11
Each international channel are airing via satellite and this are encrypted signals which if you do not have the key to it, you would not be able to pick their signal no matter what you do. That is where these international channels are getting their money from these cable companies. Each Cable companies have their own unique keys to access the signal. That is how it is working. I know HBO even charges cable companies according to the catv's subscriber base. That is why Skycable at times are not able to get some channels because of that subcription fees are based on the number of subscribers and some small cable companies are able to afford it because they have less subscriber base.
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@neildc (17268)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
17 Mar 11
satellite, encrypted signals, keys? do this things run the same with our local channels? if i am the cable company, i will just pick-up and air everything that i can be picked-up by my system? unless they are of contradicting interests?
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@isloooboy (1741)
• United Arab Emirates
17 Mar 11
This fight has been begin in my country too before starting this cricket world cup an sports channel got an decision or rights of match showing. When court announce if any cable operator found broadcasting matches he will be punished. Now cable operators Union announced they have the rights to show channels of their viewers choice so if any TV channel want to be stay on our cable he must pay fees to us. So I think they will get what they want because they are changing this particular channel position daily more than 4 times and some time their signal drop suddenly. Now Channel owner is negotiating with them.....let see
@neildc (17268)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
17 Mar 11
i hope the negotiations will end up to meet the needs of both parties.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
17 Mar 11
wondering that to now. ours cable bil went up! abuout $9 dont know why se nothing different only thing they did do was take Hall mark off and put it for a paid chanel! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I wish somethings I could just take off like the channels I never use. but of course they wouldnt just flip a swith to cut off what I dont use.