Small cable companies say the cost of programming is hurting their business, and they’re placing the blame partly on bigger cable operators like Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
Cable TV companies complaining about programmers charging high rates is nothing new. Even the very biggest cable companies in the nation, despite having great negotiating power relative to small operators, complain about the ever-rising cost of video programming.
Thus, there are continuous disputes between cable companies and programmers. But it’s more complicated than that because the big cable companies also own a lot of TV networks, pitting them against small cable companies who have to buy programming from them.
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