Frequently Asked Questions


Is Cox Cable going to drop ESPN from my service?

Can I get ESPN in my home without subscribing to Cox Cable?

How much of my basic cable bill goes to pay for ESPN?

How much of my cable bill goes to pay for programming?

What actually determines cable prices?

What is a tier and will it cost more?

What is a set top box?

What is local advertising?

Is Cox Cable going to drop ESPN from my service?
- That's up to Cox Cable. ESPN is commited to reaching an agreement with Cox to keep ESPN on basic cable.

Can I get ESPN in my home without subscribing to Cox Cable?
- Yes, you can buy a satellite dish or subscribe to another cable provider if one is available in your area. DISH Network: 1-800-DISH-NOW or DIRECTV: 1-800-DIRECTV.

How much of my basic cable bill goes to pay for ESPN?
- ESPN represents less than 4 percent of Cox Cable's average subscriber bill. Or about the cost of 1 - 2 cups of coffee a month.

How much of my cable bill goes to pay for programming?
- After local advertising revenue, Cox Cable's programming costs are about $6-7.00 each month. The rest goes to support Cox Cable's operating costs and infrastructure investment in new telephone, high speed internet and digital services.

What actually determines cable prices?
- Cox Cable video subscribers today are paying more in their monthly bills for Cox Cable overhead and capital investments than they are for the cost of the basic programming they watch. More of your money goes to support Cox Cable's non-programming operating expenses and investment in new telephone, high speed internet and digital services than toward programming.

- In fact, Cox Cable programming costs, as a percentage of total expenditures, have remained relatively flat since 1999.

What is a tier and will it cost more?
- A tier is a grouping of cable channels for which an additional rate is charged by the cable system.

- Consumers would be required to rent or purchase set top boxes that they don't now need or want at approximately $4 per set-top box per month. Separate set top boxes will be needed for each television in your home and you will be charged for each box every month.

What is a set top box?
- A device that receives cable input and allows customers who have paid an extra fee to view specific cable channels placed on a tier by the cable operator like HBO for example.

What is local advertising?
- Advertising that is sold by the cable operators, such as Cox Cable, in programming provided by networks like ESPN to generate revenue for their businesses. Local advertising sales generate nearly $4 billion annually for the industry. In its 2002 financial reports, Cox Cable stated that it generated over $5 per sub per month in local ad sales. Industry reports suggest 15 to 20 percent of that comes from ESPN.

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"I commit to the millions of loyal ESPN fans out there, who pay good money for Cox Cable each month, that ESPN will continue to negotiate with Cox Cable with the goal of maintaining ESPN as part of the basic service, which after 25 years, they have come to deservedly expect."

  George Bodenheimer | Full Remarks
  President, ESPN and ABC Sports




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