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Cable Tussle Threatens Shows


Cable tussle threatens viewers' favorites

  • Story Highlights
  • Viacom believes fees it charges cable systems are too low
  • Time Warner Cable disagrees, will let Viacom networks go if no deal struck
  • Viacom networks include Comedy Central, MTV, Spike TV
By Lynette Rice
Entertainment Weekly

(Entertainment Weekly) -- Can you live without "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Hills"?

Some of you may have to, if Viacom can't reach a deal by midnight Wednesday that would keep Comedy Central, MTV, and its 18 other networks on Time Warner Cable systems, according to a report in The New York Times.

The conglomerate was expected to take out full-page ads in major newspapers today explaining how fans would suffer if Time Warner refuses to ante up in the new year.

Viacom is home to kiddie powerhouse Nick (aka, the birthplace of "Dora the Explorer," "Drake and Josh," and "Zoey 101") as well as nets like Comedy Central, VH-1, and Spike TV. Time Warner cable systems reportedly reach up to 13 million subscribers.

Viacom believes the fees it receives for the nets are way too low, given how they attract a healthy percentage of eyeballs for Time Warner. The cable operator, in the meantime, is arguing that Viacom's profits are down because of the soft ad market and are desperate to increase revenue elsewhere. Stay tuned.

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NBey6Comment by NBey6 - December 31, 2008, 7:47 pm
If TWC doesn't want its' viewers to drop them like hot cakes and go to Dish Network or DirectTV, then they better get to negotiating and in a hurry. Unless they're all in the same basket of eggs.....does anyone out there know for sure, if so, please sound off.

Thanks a bunch.

TenajComment by Tenaj - December 31, 2008, 7:57 pm
Thanks for the heads up NBey6. I will be watching for the update.
NBey6Comment by NBey6 - December 31, 2008, 9:06 pm
Me too!!
PeacefulManComment by PeacefulMan - January 1, 2009, 8:43 pm
They got themselves an agreement and the viewers got their way.

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