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Independent television networks band together to protest "program tying"

Darren Murph

We'll admit, a bunch of the whining piped to the FCC is quite petty, but we can't help but agree with the message being brought forth by the National Association of Independent Networks. Said group has banded together in order to approach the FCC in protest of "program tying," a process in which "large media companies require cable operators to carry less desired channels in order to receive more popular networks." NAIN is hoping to "create a more competitive television programming arena, leading to lower prices and more choices for consumers." If program tying was addressed (read: nixed), more bandwidth could be opened up for channels that people actually care about (at least in theory). Imagine a world where SciFi HD was everywhere and QVC HD was nowhere -- 'tis a lovely thought, no?

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