Time Warner Cable is telling small networks that they have a choice: Get dropped, or get no fee in return for continued carriage on the cable service, reports the New York Post.
That tactic has been used in negotiations with IFC and WE TV, with their contracts expiring Jan. 1. It’s expected talks will continue until the last minute, according to the story.
Programmers often ask for a 10% to 15% increase in per-subscriber fees whenever a contract is renewed, and IFC and WE are probably asking for less than 10 cents a month per customer, the piece notes.
As previously reported, Time Warner Cable has already said it’s dropping Ovation as part of its new, stricter position on carriage fees.