VIDEO: When Networks and Cable Providers Fight, It's Consumers That Lose


One of the bargaining chips that cable channels have when negotiating new contracts with cable providers is the "blackout" — pulling their content from the provider until a better settlement is reached. That's what Time Warner customers are learning as the provider continues to debate the terms of its agreement with CBS. In this brief — yet lively — video discussion, our experts examine the effects of a cable blackout on consumers.

What about you, readers? Let us know how you feel about cable channel blackouts in the comments section below.

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"Absolute Blackout"!! Sounds scary!! This is ridiculous. Consumers always win when there is competition. If I need to watch CSI or 60 minutes that badly, I can simply switch to Directv, Uverse, or Google Fiber (since I'm in KC), or stream it from the CBS website. Or what about hooking up an antenna? What a novel concept!

Dealnews should be doing a piece on The Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013, legislation introduced by Senator McCain. Now some of our legislators want to legislate "a la carte" channels for us. Sounds great. Just wait until congress gets involved and our cable rates go up 60% across the board. If you think cable prices are expensive now, just wait until congress gets involved in "fixing" the cable.
I am no friend of the cable companies, but why should a TV network have to pay a cable company to distribute the network signal, including the commercials which the network gets paid for, at all. It probably should be the other way around, where the network pays the cable company to deliver the eyes and ears for the commercials. After all, commercials are priced on the basis of the number of viewers who will view/hear it.

So in my opinion, Dan, Jeff and Louis were discussing the wrong issue, and the real issues of who should pay who for content delivery, remains unchallenged. And our cable bill keeps going up and the content providers keep getting richer..

Just my $.02
Under the dome is available for free on the Amazon prime video service.
I think it's really unreasonable to block content. Their negotiations probably has nothing to do with with their online content. I should have kept my VPN.