In the ugly face-off between Cable One and Viacom over broadcast fees, 15 channels disappeared from Cable One's lineup, including BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and VH-1.
Cable One said Viacom insisted on price reductions.
"We are asking Viacom to either reduce their rates ... or allow us to drop some of their less popular networks to reduce the total cost," wrote Cable One CEO Tom Might.
But Viacom claimed that Cable One had continued to "stall our conversations rather than work collaboratively."
"We're asking your cable provider for fair value for our networks, which continue to deliver more viewers than any other cable programmer, but cost far less to cable companies," wrote Viacom Executive Vice President Carole Robinson.
But on midnight, March 31, SpongeBob and Jon Stewart disappeared from Cable One screens (BW, Citydesk, "Cable One Removes Viacom Channels," April 1, 2014).
Meanwhile, some new networks have begun appearing on Cable One, including BBC America, IFC and Sundance.
Additionally, Cable One is reminding its subscribers that content from Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and VH-1 is available on Amazon, Hulu and iTunes... for a price. Episodes on Amazon usually run about $1.99, and iTunes charges about $2.99 a pop.