Big broadcasters continue to “black out” their programming on cable and satellite systems. They do this for a simple reason: they want to make more money for their programming from a shrinking pool of pay-TV subscribers. This is why the average viewer now pays $20 per month for supposed “free” broadcast programming—up 270% since 2015. And this is why viewers have suffered well over 2,000 blackouts industry-wide since 2010, including over 200 blackouts in 2023.
It’s time for Washington to modernize our TV laws to protect consumers. Congress needs to act and end broadcaster TV blackouts now!