Cable operators and programmers are going to have to find a happy medium
to rein in content costs or face the possibility that regulators will do it for
them, Insight Communications Co. Inc. president Michael Willner said at an
Willner, in a question-and-answer session with Multichannel News
editorial director Marianne Paskowski at the New York Cable Club luncheon in
Manhattan Thursday, agreed that sports-programming costs have been skyrocketing
out of control for years.
Willner's comments come during one of the more heated disputes between an MSO
and a programmer -- Cablevision Systems Corp. and Yankees Entertainment &
Willner, who also serves as the chairman of the National
Cable & Telecommunications Association, stressed that the National Show --
which will be held in New Orleans in May -- remains an important forum for
operators and programmers.