How do TV networks make money from their shows when people don’t have to pay anything extra to watch them?

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How do TV networks make money from their shows when people don’t have to pay anything extra to watch them?

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Companies pay the TV network to place advertisements between and sometimes in the programs.

Adelvertisements.

Also, the network makes the cable provider pay for access. That’s why some providers do not have access to some channels. Also why certain channels cost more on your cable bill, because the cable company has to pay more for that channel, so now you pay more.

Networks make money two ways — ad sales and carriage fees. They sell commercial time that runs during shows, with spots for highly watches shows costing more. In addition, they charge fees to cable and satellite providers to carry the channel.

Adverts.

Every time the show you are watching is paused for an ad break, each company you see an advert for on screen has paid the network to show that advert.

How much they pay to show that advert depends on how popular that show is and how many people are expected to be watching – an advert on a small channel at 3am is going to be pretty cheap (but only a few people will see it), while an advert in a break during the Superbowl will cost the advertising company millions.