Time Warner Cable prunes Ovation
December 19, 2012
Earlier this month, Time Warner Cable chief executive officer Glenn Britt said that his company would begin pruning its lineup of cable channels, getting rid of ones it felt were no longer worth the expense.
Yesterday that pruning began.
Ovation, a small arts-focused, independent network, was dropped from TWC’s lineup, the first of what the company pledges will be many reductions.
At issue are the fees that TWC and other cable MSOs pay to networks. For top channels like ESPN, those fees can be up to $5 per subscriber.
For a small one like Ovation it’s more like pennies, but the MSOs say they need to cut costs somewhere or they will keep sending them on to consumers, who are already peeved about the rising costs of cable.
The MSOs don’t want to lose their subscribers to satellite or have them cut the cord altogether. So they are starting to make changes that will lower their overall operating costs.
Cutting a network like Ovation is a pretty safe way to send a signal. As an independent, its distribution is not tied to any other big network group.
It will be trickier for TWC to eliminate smaller channels tied to a big parent company, because their distribution is often tied to the bigger entity.
This won’t be the last channel targeted, either. TWC’s web site specified several other candidates whose carriage deals may not be renewed when they expire soon, including Current TV, IFC and Hallmark Movie Channel.
Snapchat wants to pull a Netflix
‘Shark Tank’ rerun tops a slow Friday night
Huge boost for ‘CBS Sunday Morning’
So tell us, who will win Sunday’s Super Bowl?
This week’s daypart ratings
Wow: Sports Illustrated lays off all photographers
Flama programming now available on Hulu
Just a so-so start for Fox’s ‘Backstrom’
Super Bowl advertising, at a glance
What’s driving the growth of out of home
‘The Nightly Show,’ not quite at 100
Rachel, how do I combat low morale?
Tell us your thoughts on Hispanic media
- John Patroulis and Ari Weiss rise at BBH New York
- Ian Sohn becomes SVP of client engagement at Razorfish
- Andie Beckerman becomes VP of alternative development at Syfy
- Theodore Ross becomes features director at The New Republic
- Robert Crozier becomes international managing director at Robb Report
- Raakhee Mirchandani rises at The New York Daily News
- Children's TV advocate Peggy Charren dies at age 86
This week’s daypart ratings
This week’s broadcast ratings
This week’s top movies, songs and books
This week’s cable ratings
This month’s new media traffic data
This week’s younger viewer ratings
Media planner/buyer position in Baltimore
Freelance media planner/buyer available
Media planner/buyer job in Cleveland
Media planner/buyer wanted in San Diego
Freelance digital media buyer available