Cable providers say they can't pay TV stations, and cannot oblige subscribers to pay an additional fee either . (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Representatives of cable providers in Lebanon are set to appear before the judiciary for investigation Tuesday, after a lawsuit was filed against them by the country's eight television stations for refusing to pay for broadcasting rights.An ongoing dispute between television stations and cable providers escalated over the weekend, when some cable providers stopped broadcasting LBCI and Al-Jadeed.Speaking to The Daily Star, Khaled said that cable providers cannot afford to pay the $4 fee.Khaled, who said that he would appear for investigation Tuesday, claimed that some television channels had contacted cable providers to express that the $4 fee was "not an issue for them," though he refused to say which ones.However, Mansouri, who is representing the stations, countered that cable providers could not argue that the $4 fee was not affordable, as the monthly fees they receive are not fixed. Mansouri said that a step in this direction would be to fix the monthly subscription fee received by cable providers after taking into consideration the expenses they incur. He added that not all cable providers have opposed the $4 fee.
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