The Los Angeles Times reported:
be pulled off Time Warner Cable systems in Los Angeles and around the
country if the cable operator and Viacom Inc. cannot reach a new
contract before midnight tomorrow. The move could knock Viacom's cable
channels, which include Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central off
nearly 2 million households in Los Angeles.
Read more of the Los Angeles Times article.
The Wall Street Journal published a video about the controversy:
So – some families may need to go without Dora or Spongebob to provide some screen time for the kids? Parents won't get to have their daily laughs while watching Steven Colbert or the John Stewart Daily Show? Interesting to see how this plays out, especially because while I do enjoy watching cable daily, I also watch some shows online.
for more details, CLICK HERE to read the press release/statement I somehow received via email on the issue tonight.
STATEMENT FROM VIACOM:
"This move by
force such channels as Nickelodeon, COMEDY CENTRAL and MTV off the air is
another example of a cable company overreaching for profit at the expense of
its viewers. to
The renewal we are seeking is reasonable
and modest relative to the profits TWC enjoys from our networks. We have asked
for an increase of less than 25 cents per month, per subscriber, which adds up
to less than a penny per day for all 19 of ’ channels.
this request because TWC has so greatly undervalued our channels for so long. Americans
spend more than 20% of their TV viewing time watching our networks, yet our
fees amount to less than 2.5% of what generates from
their average customer.
Throughout the country, we have negotiated
equitable license agreement renewals, or are in the final stages of renewals,
with virtually every cable and satellite carrier. Nevertheless, Time Warner
Cable has dismissed our efforts at a fair compromise and has effectively chosen
to deny its customers some of the most popular TV shows on the air.
As a result, we are sorry to say
that for Time Warner Cable customers our networks will go dark as of , denying Time Warner customers shows like Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Daily
Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and The Hills.
Ultimately, however, if Nickelodeon,
COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV and the rest of our programming is discontinued –
over less than a penny per day – we believe viewers will see this behavior by
their cable company as outrageous. Time Warner Cable subscribers
who are being handed a $3 monthly increase in
Raleigh , Orange
County , Los Angeles ,
and New York City
are simultaneously facing the removal of beloved shows across 19
We find it a shame that Time Warner
Cable remains unreasonable at this time. We hope its leadership will have a
change of heart and will seek to negotiate a fair renewal agreement. "