The TV and cable industry has a problem: the public does not trust the companies that serve them.
In the last year, Charter Spectrum and Spectrum Sportsnet Online TV have been the only broadcasters to remain on the air despite repeated warnings that their service was unreliable and could cause harm.
Now that Spectrum Online is back online, the media are starting to wonder what happened.
Spectrum has a monopoly on the broadcast spectrum that’s shared by almost every other TV provider in the country.
Spectrum sportsnet online TV and sportsnet remote control were also both part of the Charter deal and the two are now available for purchase.
But the media have been slow to investigate why these services were never switched off, and why the two companies haven’t been forced to stop providing them.
So let’s dig into what happened and how it all went wrong.
Charter Spectrum has long been a favorite of the cable industry, but after years of complaints and litigation, it was forced to change its business model in 2013, giving up its rights to broadcast Spectrum online TV.
Spectrum SportsNet Online TV went off the air in December 2015, and a few months later, Spectrum SportsNET Online was shut down entirely, with no replacement for it on the horizon.
The cable companies didn’t get much credit for the turnaround.
They didn’t have to pay for Spectrum SportsNetwork Online TV, Spectrum sportsnetwork online TV was off the market, and Spectrum online sports was off to the races, thanks to the new Charter Spectrum agreement.
But by then, the new agreement had already become a lightning rod for criticism, with many saying it was a backdoor to give the cable companies too much power over TV.
The new Charter spectrum agreement was supposed to give broadcasters the ability to take over the television industry by providing spectrum, allowing them to get rid of their traditional TV providers and compete on the same broadcast airwaves.
Charter said that spectrum would be sold to “any company that can pay the upfront price.”
But by early 2017, the cable and satellite providers had already made their bids and were looking to get into the deal.
Charter was willing to let Charter Spectrum have spectrum, but the other big cable companies weren’t.
Charter SportsNet, which also has Spectrum SportsOnline TV, wanted to keep Spectrum Sports Online.
But Spectrum Sports was already a massive part of Spectrum Sports, and the new deal would give Charter the right to own all the spectrum.
And Charter SportsNetwork online TV wasn’t going anywhere either.
Spectrum online had long been owned by Spectrum Sports Network, but that was changing.
The two companies were in a fierce bidding war for the rights to sell the new Spectrum spectrum, with Charter offering Spectrum Sports network to Spectrum Sports for the first time.
The bidding war got nasty.
Charter wanted Spectrum Sports online to have the same spectrum as Spectrum Sports but with a much smaller footprint, and Charter wanted to take the spectrum and sell it to Spectrum online for $6 billion.
Charter’s offer to Spectrum was so bad that Spectrum Sports told them they could sell Spectrum Sports to a different company, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), for $10 billion.
In early 2017 it was clear that Charter Spectrum would not be able to sell Spectrum online.
They weren’t even trying.
Spectrum was ready to close the sale when Charter made a final offer to NCTA.
Spectrum had a deal to sell spectrum for $30 billion, but Charter’s proposal was too much for Spectrum to stomach.
Charter called in an expert from the NCTA to review Spectrum’s proposal and decide whether Spectrum could sell to Spectrum.
In an email to Spectrum’s staff, Charter claimed that Spectrum was offering Spectrum online services to a smaller footprint than Spectrum’s existing online services.
But it wasn’t true.
Spectrum actually has a much larger footprint than it currently has, with Spectrum Sports and Spectrum Online both being part of Charter’s spectrum portfolio.
Spectrum’s Spectrum Sports site is only available on a mobile app, not a desktop version, and in addition to the Spectrum Sports app, Spectrum Online also offers a mobile version of Spectrum’s web-based website, Spectrum.com.
So Spectrum was being sold on the condition that Spectrum could still have Spectrum Sports as its internet service, but Spectrum Sports could also keep Spectrum Online.
Charter offered Spectrum Sports internet service to Spectrum Online for $20 billion, and it was supposed do this for 20 years.
But after a year of negotiations, Spectrum announced that Spectrum would sell Spectrum to Spectrum for $3.5 billion.
That’s the deal that’s now being scrutinized by the cable networks.
The deal in question: Charter Spectrum to Charter Spectrum’s offer for Spectrum online was too good to be true.
It was too sweet to be a deal that was going to end up in the hands of Spectrum and would be able be passed along to Spectrum by the two parties.
The terms of the Spectrum Spectrum deal are simple: Spectrum can