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Have you ever fantasized about suing cable companies for over-charging you for hundreds, if not thousands, of channels that you don't want to watch? Then please pay attention to a new lawsuit brought by Cablevision, a cable company, against Viacom, a media company that owns channels.

A cable company is fighting on your behalf to shrink its channel offerings? But it's not confusing at all. In fact, it's a crystal-clear lesson in who really wears the pants in the TV business.

When you get mad at cable companies, you are, somewhat literally, blaming the messenger. Cable companies are messengers. They build the infrastructure that transports channels to your television. They make deals with media companies, like Time Warner and CBS, who own all the channels you want (and all the channels you don't want). Viacom, for example, owns some channels I love (like Comedy Central) and some channels I've never seen (like Palladia, MTV Hits, and VH1 Classic ). Cablevision has to carry all of them.

Cable companies can't shop the Viacom store like it's a Best Buy and pick whatever they want. The media companies tell the cable providers to buy and carry all of their channels or none of them. Is that fair, or unfair? I don't know. I just know that your cable menu is a thousand channels long, not because your cable company hates you, but because the companies who own the channels have incredible market power to force cable providers to buy everything they're selling.

Cablevision is claiming that Viacom "abused its market power" by forcing the cable company to buy and carry all of the channels, according to The Verge. Indeed, more than 90 percent of the shows Americans watch are owned by just seven media companies, like Time Warner, Disney, and Viacom. That sounds oligopolistic, but it will be up to a judge to determine whether it's really illegal.

Media companies like Viacom and Disney and Time Warner and CBS have pulled off an incredible trick. They've used their market power to force cable companies to carry all of their channels and avoided public criticism of bloated cable menus.

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Cable TV is a scam

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Cable TV is a scam

Indeed, the only reason I even have it is from having friends who are top level admins at time warner, 5/100 roadrunner connection and all the channels with all premiums and dvr for around $100 a month for everything gives me no other option lol

Sadly tho because of this I also get the first word on when TWC is about to screw their customers, something very ugly is on its way and it's going to upset quite a few people (me included), not so much because of the new "pricing" schemes they are cooking up but rather because of the EXTREMELY underhanded approach they are using to accomplish it, thought about making a post detailing it all but it will only infuriate people lol

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Cable TV is a scam

I agree. Why pay for for cable TV and then have to put up with ads? That doesn't seem right.

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Here's something useful Congress could do -- pass legislation that customers can pay for only the channels they want to watch.

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I have TDSTV which IPTV but I get a tripple bundle (IPTV, Internet, Landline) from them.

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