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So Cablevision, When can I expect my rate decrease?

Posted Thu January 7, 2010 10:21 am, by Jennifer W. written to Cablevision Systems

Write a Letter to this Company

Cablevision has decided that, due to an unfair increase in rates charged by Scripps Network, that they will no longer carry the Food Network and HGTV. I understand that this was a business decision and you did not want to pass this increase on to your subscribers, I'm not happy about it, I liked the Food Network, but I do understand it.

What I would like to know is when I can expect to see my rates decrease due to the fact that you are no longer paying for this programming at all? I think it's only fair that you pass any savings on to your subscribers and not pocket this as profit.

Cablevision should decrease the rate charged to all subscribers who had this programming. Fair is fair. You would expect us to pick up any increase, we should get the benefit of a decrease.


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by PepperElf Posted Sun January 10, 2010 @ 11:08 PM

You know this does make me think of something interesting...

If I could have my dream TV setup it would be a system where you only
pay for the networks you want to watch.... so the less networks you
pick, the lower your bill is.

But I doubt it would happen.
not when there's people like me in the world... haven't owned a tv
since 2004 and the only networks i truly like are fox news & BBC

heh... i've actually scared people when they find out i don't watch

but anyway good luck :)


Ala carte viewing by Donno Mon January 11, 2010 @ 11:24 AM

You wouldn't scare me. by Just Simply Bella Sera Tue January 12, 2010 @ 1:14 PM
by Jared C. Posted Fri January 8, 2010 @ 4:34 PM


Call Comcast, Cablevision, whatever.

Tell them about that great DirectTV deal going on for 6 months where
you only pay $30 a month. Explain you like the cable company but costs
are tight and you haven't gotten a salary increase or bonus. Explain
you need to cancel your service if they can't cut you some sort of a

I do this EVERY SIX MONTHS and they ALWAYS chop 30-40 bucks off my
bill - taking it from $84 a month to about $50.

They always fall for this scam. And it doesn't matter if it's the
truth or not....or if you're just bluffing. Every cable company is a
huge corporation with obscene levels of profits.

Fight for your right to be treated fairly and not like an ATM machine.
Believe me, the cable companies can afford to give you that discount!

Best of luck to you....now call your cable company and give 'em the
sob story I do!


an additional note... by Jared C. Fri January 8, 2010 @ 4:36 PM

you do realise... by fireheart17 Fri January 8, 2010 @ 10:12 PM

I don't see it that way.. by Harleycat Sat January 9, 2010 @ 6:52 PM

I don't see it as theft at all by Jared C. Mon January 11, 2010 @ 10:52 AM

"I do this EVERY SIX MONTHS and they ALWAYS chop 30-40 bucks off my bill" How can this be? by Donno Sat January 9, 2010 @ 12:05 AM

I think what Jared means is that they chop the $ off the increase. by Just Simply Bella Sera Sun January 10, 2010 @ 9:49 AM

I haven't, but I also think it's fine. by Kalphoenix Sun January 10, 2010 @ 1:58 PM

Loyalty isn't rewarded in the telecommunications industry. by Just Simply Bella Sera Tue January 12, 2010 @ 1:08 PM

Your bill for DSL shot up by $50? by Donno Sun January 10, 2010 @ 2:04 PM

Yep. by Just Simply Bella Sera Tue January 12, 2010 @ 1:08 PM

Actually, on second thought... by Just Simply Bella Sera Tue January 12, 2010 @ 3:25 PM

It's like Bella said... by Jared C. Mon January 11, 2010 @ 10:54 AM

by Casmly Posted Fri January 8, 2010 @ 4:00 PM

This is why hubby and I canceled cable. We love channels like Food
Network, HGTV and Bravo. But it wasn't worth paying the outrageous
amount we were paying every month for it. They nickel and dime you to
death and they NEVER lower rates, only raise them. Don't seem to care
much if you lose channels you like to watch etc. etc. I know these
companies are running a business and the goal is to make money, but
I've decided they are no longer getting any of mine.


by Harleycat Posted Sat January 9, 2010 @ 4:49 PM

I'd cancel it or take it down to the basic service. I usually only
watch a few channels and they are not premium channels. It's hubby
that insists on getting every channel known to man. Every time he
complains about what I'm watching I hand him the remote and tell him
to be my guest and find something else. He rarely can. The premium
channels just repeat the same movies over and over.


by Just Jeffrey Posted Fri January 8, 2010 @ 3:40 PM

Good letter.

I've had similar discussions with other companies. The answer is
always the same: "we told you that the programming we provide is
subject to change."

No amount of "...but if you're not paying for The Food Network (or
whatever), why are you charging me for it?" every helps. The "subject
to change" line is the other thing that they ever say.

I'll bet you that Cablevision not only doesn't decrease your rates,
but that you'll actually see an increase.


by Just Simply Bella Sera Posted Fri January 8, 2010 @ 2:24 PM

In theory, I completely agree with your letter. In reality, I doubt it
will happen.

And I'd be upset about losing HGTV. How would I know how to rearrange
my table to make the space look larger? :)


I doubt it will happen either.. by Harleycat Fri January 8, 2010 @ 2:41 PM

by Nate. Posted Thu January 7, 2010 @ 9:40 PM

I doubt they will give you any discount.
If these were channels you watched, you may have a good case to get
out of any contract you may be in because they changed their

Hopefully you can get some sort of discount, or cancel their service
and find some other way to get Food Network and HGTV.


No contract.. by Harleycat Fri January 8, 2010 @ 10:13 AM

I see your point. n/t by Nate. Fri January 8, 2010 @ 12:00 PM

by Donno Posted Thu January 7, 2010 @ 8:19 PM

Telling viewers to make their wishes known on some website. My take
is this is not a sealed deal, though there was very some tough talk a
few days ago.

If there is a chance they could be put back on, Cablevision probably
doesn't want to move quickly to lead customers to believe their bill
is permanently going down, just to increase it within a month. They
probably don't want customers to ever think the bill is going down (:


and even sealed deals can be rectified by PepperElf Thu January 7, 2010 @ 8:23 PM

And now I've seen him 30 times - it is a blitz by Donno Fri January 8, 2010 @ 9:45 AM

I was watching Fox last night by ams1001 Fri January 8, 2010 @ 6:03 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu January 7, 2010 @ 1:13 PM

Or why not poll your customers and see if they are willing to pay a
little extra every month to have those channels available? Let the
majority rule.


by Donno Posted Thu January 7, 2010 @ 11:18 AM

That is around $0.25 a month for both channels combined, I believe,
per subscriber.

You can see why Scripps is upset. That is about the cost of a
designer coffee, from what I hear. But just one a year.

Every penny counts.


I agree it's pocket change.. by Harleycat Thu January 7, 2010 @ 11:44 AM

Oops by Donno Thu January 7, 2010 @ 6:08 PM

Howdy yourself! by Harleycat Thu January 7, 2010 @ 7:02 PM

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