American Cable Association (ACA) members--generally small independent cable operators--"pay disproportionately higher prices for video content" because TV stations and national cable networks "routinely abuse their market power," ACA President-CEO said in comments aimed at the FCC's upcoming report on the status of competition in the video delivery space.
ACA members have long railed that their smaller status allows stations and network content providers to charge more per subscriber than what the giant MSOs pay: "about 30 percent more on average for national cable programming," the organization said in its appeal to the FCC.
Retransmission is even worse.
"ACA submitted data that small cable operators pay approximately $1.21 per month, per subscriber, in retransmission fees, about double the retransmission consent fees paid by the largest cable and satellite TV companies," an ACA news release stated.
- see this news release
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