Re: "City's cable records show huge KOMO fee hikes" (TNT, 1-25).
I am writing to offer your readers insight on what’s really driving up cable and satellite TV customers’ monthly bills.
The pay-TV lobby has long propagated the myth that retransmission consent fees paid to broadcasters since 2005 are the primary culprit for consumers’ ever-increasing monthly bills. Yet they fail to note that cable and regional sports network programming costs dwarf annual broadcast TV fees and collectively are nine times more expensive for pay-TV subscribers.
To add perspective, the cost to rent one DVR from a pay-TV company is $12 per month – more than triple the broadcast TV fee. Collectively, pay-TV equipment rental fees are a $7 billion annual cash cow for America’s pay-TV companies, with new fee increases slated for 2015.
We urge consumers to write Congress, asking lawmakers to take action requiring pay-TV companies to itemize the aggregated totals for all types of programming costs for customers and, more importantly, bring them relief from onerous pay-TV fees and deceptive billing practices.
It’s time to refocus on the anti-competitive behavior of pay-TV companies.
(Kenny is director of public affairs for TVfreedom.org.)