Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cable One, Viacom Feud Could Result in Disappearance of Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, CMT

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Five months after a stand-off between Cable One and the Turner Broadcasting System, resulting in the disappearance of Turner's CNN, CNN Headline News, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies disappeared from the screens of Boise cable subscribers for the better part of the month, Cable One has a new feud—this time with Viacom.

"In spite of our repeated requests, Viacom avoided negotiating a new contract with Cable One for the past two months, " Tom Might, Cable One CEO, wrote to subscribers. "This significantly jeopardizes the chance of a mutually satisfactory agreement."

What all that means is that unless an agreement is reached before Monday, March 31, the following channels could disappear from Cable One: BET, Centric, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV2, MTV Hits, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nick Teen, Nick Toons, Spike, TV Land, VH-1 and VH-1 Classic.

Cable One insists that it will continue to negotiate "to strike the best deal for our customers, whether that is negotiating a fair rate or dropping some of their less popular networks and carrying only the ones you really watch."

Boise wouldn't be alone in the dark. Cable One is the nation's 10th largest cable provider—serving more than 700,000 customers in 19 states.

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