Stop Court TV's Pending Subscription Fee sign now

Court TV (CTV) was launched in July of 1991. When they first hit the cable airwaves they were commercial free. They also ran trials throughout the day, as well as night. Giving viewers who worked during the day the opportunity to catch up on trials they had missed on any given day.

They no longer air trials throughout the day and night. They've built up their viewership to over 80 million and have become a commercial overkill station. Actual in-court coverage aired is less than 15 minutes of each hour between the hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The rest of the time is filled with anchor commentary, endless commercials pushing viagra and diet aids, and the redundant "newsbreaks" every 30 minutes.

Viewers adapted to CTV's blatant disregard of their loyal viewers because at least CTV posted trial coverage (video, audio, etc.) on their website for anyone to review. Viewers were able to click links on www.courttv.com/video and catch-up on all the trial information they've missed because CTV chose to replace actual trial coverage with commercial nonsense.

Court TV's latest endeavor is what brings us to this petition. CTV has launched a new link on their website entitled, "Court TV's Live Trials". http://www.courttv.com/live/ This new feature boasts to any would-be subscriber, "You can find portions of the trial you missed and watch it when you wish. We're taking trial coverage to the next level. We're glad you're coming along". The voice over states this latest endeavor was designed for Court TV's "most loyal users". It continues to explain that this feature is free for now, but there WILL BE A SUBSCRIPTION CHARGE in the future. This is how they thank their "most loyal users"? By implementing a charge to view what's been offered free on their website in lieu of actual on-air coverage?

How does Court TV have the audacity to enter courtrooms across the United States, stand in front of judges and claim that the public has a right to have camera's in the courtroom, and then turn around and try to profit off of our rights? This is totally unacceptable. We already have to pay to have Court TV's Channel as part of our Cable setup. Why should we have to pay for this service twice?

We need to have Courtrooms and Judges across America hear our complaint. Last I heard, our Constitutional Rights were free of charge. Don't let Court TV profit from it. Please sign the petition below!

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Harvey FoxBy:
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Court TV, AOL Time Warner, Liberty Media Corp, Courtrooms Across America

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