One of the benefits of this blog is that it allows our team at Great Plains Communications to give our customers a sneak behind the curtain of their favorite services.  It’s a way for us to answer questions more fully and to reach out to all of our customers.

Recently, we’ve received many questions about programming decisions from various Cable networks.  Programming refers to the shows that air on a particular channel.  For example, The Bachelor, is part of ABC’s programming.  When a favorite new program gets canceled or a network changes its entire lineup, our customers often look to us to find out what happened.

The truth is, we don’t always know.  That’s because we don’t have any impact on what networks choose to put in their programming lineup. Each network chooses what to air based on a wide range of factors including how much a show costs to produce, how likely it is to be syndicated, its ratings and merchandising.  Some networks even share the same channel to reduce costs and maximize their profits.

If you would like to find out why your favorite show is gone or what a channel suddenly changes to a different network at night, we encourage you to contact the channel directly.  Like any other company, customer demand can have a big impact on what they do.  Just like we listen to our customers about what networks they would like us to carry, the networks do listen to what types of shows consumers want to watch.  In fact, you as a consumer have more influence on what networks air than any Cable company.

If you would like to find out more, there are websites dedicated to explaining programming decisions and ratings.  We hope this gave you a little more insight into the world of Cable and TV programming.  If you have any more questions, please let us know in the comments section below!

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