How Disputes Happen
Why Do Networks Create Disputes and Blackouts?
Networks use blackouts to get their viewers to pressure TV providers to pay them more.
In negotiations, programmers will sometimes deny you access to their networks – usually during key programming and popular sporting events – and then blame us. However, it is the network who makes the decision to blackout your channels – not us. This tactic is an attempt to frustrate you, and then have you complain or even switch to another TV provider. But the real motive behind it is to help them extract huge network fee increases, which drive your monthly bill higher.
Switching Is Not the Answer
No TV provider is immune from network disputes or blackouts. If cable and broadcast network owners feel they can stop the flow of programming without any accountability, everyone suffers. Blackouts have increased every year; even top broadcast officials now admit these interruptions are anti-consumer, and pressure continues to mount in Washington, D.C. to stop this behavior.
Frontier Is on Your Side
During negotiations and blackouts, Frontier will provide you updates and solutions. We’ll even show you other ways to watch the programming the networks have removed.