Speaking of Charter, St. Louis is waking up:http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/spo...3?OpenDocument
""The amount of money they are asking us to pay would require us to pass that on to our customers, and we understand that not everybody is a football fan,'' Charter's Williams said. "On the sports tier, the people who are interested in it would pay to get it. The amount they want, business-wise, is not a good investment for us.''
Charter carried the network on the sports tier last season.
"The reason it no longer is on there is because Charter was in violation of our agreement,'' Palansky said of it not being placed in the general package. "We charge a license fee, yes, but in exchange the cable operator gets several minutes of ad time that they get to sell and keep all revenue from. They're making it back on ad revenue and not having to pass the cost to the consumer.
"These cable companies that want to put us on a sports tier see NFL fans as passionate and willing to pay anything to get the product. We're trying to make a stand by saying 'No, no, no.' If we sign that deal, they can charge consumers whatever they want.''
An alternative is satellite. NFL Network is available on DirecTV and DISHNetwork and the NFL has made a deal with DISHNetwork for it to be available for $24.99 per month as part of a basic package, although other charges may apply.
"If DISHNetwork can offer this channel for $24.99, and give you 85 other channels, again its not the money that's getting in the way here,'' Palansky said.
But Charter's Williams says it is about the money.
"We have a good football fan base here, but there are a lot of people who don't want to pay extra for it,'' she said.
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* Football is the most popular Sport in the U.S. and placing the NFL Network in a Sports Package/Tier 'IS' making the majority of Sports Fans pay extra for it. I'm convined that the whole problem is that they can't sell enough of their Sports Package/Tier to make a profit without placing the NFL Network into it - sheer greed !
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I bet the phones were ringing when 10's of millions of people found out they could not get the Pats vs the Cards last night. Game info: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/footb...roundup2_x.htm
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Even tiny Cable companies get pressure: http://www.courant.com/business/hc-c...lines-business
"Eastern's system only has room for 80 channels, compared with the more than 100 channels that other systems provide. This leads to pressure from customers to keep up with the newest offerings, such as the NFL Network."