Cable companies and programmers do not reveal their contracted programming rates.
The programming rates and distributor mark-ups presented are derived from the best publicly available information and, therefore, may not be entirely accurate. The data should not be presented as necessarily factual or accurate. The monthly rates presented on this site include the estimated base cost of the programming (how much the network charges the cable company) plus the cable company’s estimated mark-up (which in the “expanded basic tier” was, until recently, regulated to 11.25%).
The monthly programming rates presented on this site are more directionally representative of the programming rates paid by large cable companies and DBS (satellite) providers. Smaller cable companies, new entrants (e.g., phone companies), over-builders (cable companies that build physical plant to areas already served by an incumbent cable company) and, smaller satellite players often pay considerably more for programming than the prices implied by this site.