It's important to note that this may just be a trial balloon; the offer is available only to new customers, and you'll have to sign up by January 31st in order to take advantage.After the first year of service the cost will also jump up to .95.Channel shifting is common practice in cable-land — but has become a more tense affair as distributors like Comcast move networks to digital tiers to shrink the lineup, and cost, of basic cable. Disney remains embroiled in a legal battle with Verizon Fios after the pay TV company shifted ESPN out of its basic package last April.Disney’s ESPN has lost 7 million homes since 2013, according to several reports, as customers look to cut costs.Subscriber counts are under the microscope on Wall Street as investors weigh how resilient the pay-TV sector is.
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The media conglomerate, which owns a dozen entertainment brands, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, in addition to the networks switched by Comcast, wants customers to know the extra fees go into Comcast’s pocket — not theirs.
“We continue to address our concerns directly with Comcast and hope their customers will do so as well,” the statement said.
Comcast has started ripping up agreements with cable networks and moving them out of basic onto digital tiers, The Post has learned. The changes mean fans of the affected networks could have to pay .99 a month, or more, to tune in.
Already, Spike, CMT and Pop, the former TV Guide channel, have been moved to digital tiers, the companies told The Post. It also means the affected networks will have a less broad reach.