TV companies should reduce subscription fees

TV companies should reduce subscription fees
In the UK, champions league games used to be on TV which was a free TV channel. It was glorious because we could enjoy this games for free without having to go to the pub or having to subscribe to a service like Sky TV. But now that the rights have been sold to BT Sport, most people either buy the subscription or stream the games illegally. And the problem is that these subscriptions have stupid prices. You end up having to pay around £90 if you want to have access to the champions league games and football games on both BT and Sky. That's disgusting really. People in other countries get to watch football in the UK for free or a fraction of the price. What do you guys think?




I completely agree. Even in our country, the subscription fees are getting raised every single year... We had so many good free channels that now all cost a small fortune to watch. It is absolutely ridiculous. They don't realize that not everybody can afford these silly prices.

This is also one of the reasons that pirating the tv series and movies have gotten so popular over the years. Everybody does it now and if the fees weren't so high, I believe that it wouldn't be this bad.

Posted by Mehano on 07-16-2017

Yes they should

I think that TV companies charge ridiculously high prices. Considering the limited service available in most cases, and the fact that we are all benefiting from improved technology and accessibility, I seriously cannot understand why they keep charging such high prices.
Posted by sspi on 07-15-2017

Yes, it's all about money though now

The fees should be affordable, but it's about making money hence going to the pub to watch it is cheaper.

At least it's not as bad as the US where everyone has to buy some kind of subscription to watch any television. It is getting cheaper though, but the small print keeps you tied in so you can't change.

Posted by Alexa on 07-15-2017

I agree

I don't see why not. They are already in a crisis now because people are turning to streaming. If they want to keep their customers, they're going to have to decrease their prices or offer some deals for their customers. If they don't, they could easily go out of business and internet streaming could take over.
Posted by kataomoi on 07-15-2017

They are going to have to

With people using streaming devices and having live TV online and available on computers and tablet devices, it is inevitable that in order to stay in business TV subscribers will need to reduce fees.
Posted by kgord on 07-15-2017


It's impossible to disagree on this!

Unfortunately, some TV companies exaggerate too much when the subject is the fees that they require from subscribers, and this is very unmotivating (obviously something related to financial question).

Posted by WildSpirit on 07-17-2017


I think the TV companies have got many sponsors and advertisers, they really should reduce the subscription fees or maybe repackage their subscriptions, so people do not need to pay too much for the channels they might not be watching. But, it's business, and even big companies want to earn more and more.
Posted by kaka135 on 07-15-2017

It Should Be Free!

There should be no fee whatsoever to watch these channels. It should be completely free. They could easily get their money from advertising. What riles me is the BBC license fee. You don't get a choice, if you have a phone, pc or TV you have to have a license. I don't have any other package other than the normal Freeview and the choice is ridiculous. They are putting on shows from decades ago which I'm not interested in watching a second time. Then the number of repeats that they show is ridiculous. I do enjoy YouTube though. I can get a good choice on there.
Posted by JMS on 04-09-2018

In time even TV companies will agree to disagree w

It's quite obvious that TV companies are already feeling the squeeze of the new age entertainment era where there are so many alternative mediums to the conventional TV channels. They are patronizing wrongfully on their dedicated followers while neglecting to make effective changes to their platform. This is a double edged sword since in more ways than one customers get discouraged and find other means to acquire the channels. Also not keeping up with the times is a sure way of losing future and existing economic gains as these demands accumulate globally. Competition can and will come in any size, shape and form for these TV companies. This is a plus for us as consumers as our options expand infinitely and our dependency on these companies decline substantially .
Posted by Joteque on 07-16-2017

Monopolies are Bad

I have an ethical objection to the notion of advertising on a platform you are paying for and this is exacerbated by the fact that commercial time has been expanded over the years. Prices keep going up and I keep getting less of what I'm actually paying for. But I don't see how anything is going to change until the government decides to act on antitrust laws and breaks up the various media monopolies. There are so many places that have no competition what so ever.
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-15-2017

They should lower their rates.

Yeah, I agree with this. Seems like year after year they demand some sort of a subscription price hike. Which is totally unfair to the customer. Unless they are putting out quality content, I am willing to pay for their rates.

Sadly, this is not the case.

Posted by airfightermax on 07-16-2017

I am agree

Always the big companies will find a way to make money, that is why they make this type of abusive policies and that is why customers should complain about it, not many have a constant fount of money and many are wanting to see the Champion And if that TV companies see this as an opportunity to exploit the customer, I see it like a abuse.
Posted by Deathisue on 07-19-2017

And it's only going to get worse

Subscription fees for things like cable as well as fees for broadband internet (conveniently also monopolized by those same cable companies) are starting to get ridiculous. When we allow these corporations to take control over pricing, the numbers skyrocket. Unless someone steps in, these things aren't going to get better - and they most definitely need to.
Posted by Eggy216 on 07-15-2017

Reduce fees

I agree that TV companies should reduce subscription fees. Almost all people love to watch tv. But increasing subscription fee is totally sad to me. Now I can't watch for free my favorite shows. I will need to pay first to watch it. It is okay to me with the fees but maybe they should put down the fees a little bit.
Posted by blank629 on 10-05-2017

They should lower their rates!

Here in the USA its around $160 a month for decent TV and internet. Cable companies must think we have money trees in our back yard.

About a year ago I decided that I wasn't going to go for it anymore and I joined the cord cutters and I dropped my TV subscription and now I only have internet which is $40 a month and I have antenna tv which is 100% free and I couldn't be happier!

Posted by Soulwatcher on 08-20-2017

Lower their rates on every country

I think cable TV subscription costs too much no matter where you live. I think they should switch to something like what YouTube does with their services. I would rather just spend my money to pay monthly internet fees than to subscribe to a Cable provider. I can easily watch all I want with an internet connection anyway.
Posted by EfficientNinja on 04-22-2018



OMG that's crazy!!

Wow, that's crazy expensive!! I used to think subscription fees were a lot more reasonable in the UK, but £90 for the sports channels is just ridiculous. Does it give you access to anything else?! Wasn't it about £50 for your landline/internet/cable package not so long ago?!

Based on this, subscription fees absolutely have to come down! I mean, we pay just under £50 for just cable TV and have to pay for the internet separately and I think it's extortionate, especially when you consider we have to contend with all these repeats and old movies. The situation does need to change because it's daylight robbery.

Posted by lushlala on 07-17-2017


I think it's all about money. They take something like a major sport event that they know people really want to watch and monetize it to the max because they know they can get big bucks for it. People will complain but they will still pay whatever is charged to see that main event. You know what, I have done away with my television, some people may say that that's extreme, but most of TV programs are trash for your brain, TV is used to manipulate society and you know what, it works. Not for me though, just sayin.
Posted by freebird37 on 07-15-2017
It is all about money and how much these big companies can make. I think it is ridiculous the fees that they want for such service. It should not be allowed. People are streaming more and that is why. Why pay the big fee if you can get it for free?
Posted by Sue on 07-15-2017
I understand that its all part of the business and revenue growth. However, a lot of people now subscribe to different channels most especially, football and entertainment. It would be considerable if they can reduce their subscription for the benefit of their subscribers.

Africans enjoy watching sports. Football in particular is one sport that people will pay to watch. The premier league, Laliga and the champions league are very competitive leagues in the world with a good number of subscribers. So, i would advice that they look into their subscription fee and reduce or provide a much better plan for their followers or subscribers.
Posted by Dparagon on 07-15-2017
I totally agree and think the outrageous subscriptions be slashed, you pay a high price just to get good bouquet and still yet you don't enjoy the worth of your money.
Posted by Dhanidhamy on 07-15-2017
That does sound like an extravagant amount to pay. Is that how much it would cost a month or is it a flat rate for the year? I do not think that the cost should be so high. To me, it seems they would have more subscribers if the cost were lower. I think companies get a little greedy and feel that if they have something that many people cannot get anywhere else they can just charge outrageous amounts.
Posted by morgoodie on 07-15-2017
Thankfully, in our home country when sports tournaments such as FIFA World Cup, Euro Cup, ICC World Cup etc are aired on the TV, we don't have to pay extra. We can watch special events with our regular subscription. However, monthly charge for cable TV is very expensive.
Posted by vinaya on 07-15-2017
That is why I do not subscribe to TV companies, they charge so much money when I am sure they make money already. I just have Hulu & Netflix for cheaper cost.
Posted by simplym on 07-15-2017
These days I am noticing that Netflix and Amazon Prime has lot better content. And most of the TV channels are just waste of money. Most of them are filled with ads. And you can see that in such case the money goes to waste. So it's fair to say that TV companies soon would be forced to reduce the subscription price. I am looking forward to the day when I don't have to pay the huge bills for the subscription.
Posted by overcast on 07-16-2017
I agree with most of your points. If such subscriptions won't be free, they should at least make it affordable to all and sundry.
Posted by maria_c on 07-16-2017
Well, they have to make money somehow, but I think they would actually make more by giving people a better value. Instead of charging high prices to include a bunch of channels people don't even want, why not create packages where people can choose the channels that they will actually watch? I might be talked into something like that. Otherwise, I'll stick with streaming with Netflix, Amazon, HBO Now, etc. I think HBO and the other movie channels are smart to create separate subscriptions.
Posted by Zyni on 07-17-2017
I agree that things should become fair but have you bothered to figure out the cost of running a business for these companies? They also pay a lot just to put out their best so we cannot really blame them, really!
Posted by olaryeankarh on 07-17-2017
I would very much like that to happen. I have pay-TV, but I only have access to a few basic channels. I would like to access more channels, but I think if they lowered the subscription price, it could interfere with the quality of the content. So this is a complicated decision.
Posted by hermessantos on 07-18-2017
I don't subscribe to any television channels, I rather watch it free or in youtube than wasting my money for the subscription. I find the subscription fees a bit expensive, why can't just let it be free then everyone can watch and everyone will enjoy.
Posted by DanoCath on 08-25-2017
I agree. I think if they cannot make it cheaper then at least they should find a way to maybe find another way to earn that money elsewhere either from sponsors or just improve on the system or calculation to allow for a fairer price in general. Those prices do sound absurd, and the owners do have a right to pursue as much profit as they can from a commodity that they own that people obviously have a demand for, but perhaps the situation could be better and maybe they are also even shortchanging themselves in the way that they are charging too much that a lot are pushed to just pirate the content.
Posted by Wubwub on 08-27-2017
They should long time ago, but they can't! Know why? Cause it's business.
Posted by Vastor122 on 09-04-2017
I can totally relate and I support this notion. In my country it is still applicable we were enjoying our football on our local station until the right was sold to Dstv and now we need to pay exorbitant price to be able to watch premier league or any good football. It quite sad and appalling.
Posted by lovely on 09-20-2017
I have noticed that TV networks are very wealthy. Their wealth is manifested in the game shows that give so much prizes which means the tv network itself is earning much more. Think of the overhead expenses in paying the talent and all the expenses involved in making a tv show, it’s really true that tv networks are earning a lot. However, it is the cable provider that we are subscribed in. And although the cable provider here is also owned by one tv network, I don’t think the issue is appropriate for the tv network.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-03-2018
I think the price should be compatible with the quality of the programming. Here in my country, for example, I think I paid a lot to have a monthly schedule on my TV, which is not always good quality. So think quality should also be taken into consideration, after all, if you are paying to watch TV, then want to watch something of good quality.
Posted by hermessantos on 01-21-2018
The subscription fees are quite high over here too. Even in my country we don't get to watch live football matches or any other interesting stuff on the free channels. There has been numerous comlplaints but no improvement. Many people prefer to watch the matches or any other programmes online.
Posted by Pixie on 03-18-2018
The TV companies should help to reduce the subscription fees to help the poor masses to be able to watch their favorite football teams since all fingers are not equal.
Posted by babyright on 04-09-2018