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15 Channels Removed from Cable ONE Line-Up

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Cable ONE announced on Tuesday that 15 networks have been removed from their lineup after an agreement with Viacom could not be reached during contract negotiations.

The following Viacom networks have been removed from their line-up following the expiration of the Cable ONE/Viacom contract on March 31, 2014: 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.

"Despite the fact that viewing is down on 12 of Viacom's networks, some by as much as 30% since 2010, Viacom demanded an increase greater than 100 percent to carry all 15 of their channels," said Cable ONE President & CEO Tom Might.  "We asked for a price reduction because of their declining viewership and they refused. We also asked to drop the less popular networks and only carry the networks our customers really watch, and the rate they demanded was even higher. That means we would have to pay more, for fewer channels." 

Might said based on Viacom's demands, their declining network ratings, and customer feedback, Cable ONE let these networks go and expects to add other highly-rated networks such as BBC America, Sprout, The Blaze, Hallmark Channel, National Geographic, Investigation Discovery, TV One, Sundance and more.

"Our customers understand that we're fighting to deliver quality TV programming at a reasonable price, and sometimes that means changing our channel line-up," Might said.  "The customer feedback we've received throughout these negotiations overwhelmingly told us that customers supported bringing in new channels as opposed to keeping and paying more for the large number of Viacom channels that they just don't watch."

Customers can view their new networks and their channel location beginning April 2 by visiting www.StopProgrammingHikes.com and selecting their city. 

ORIGINAL STORY

Cable One announced today that due to a break down in contract negotiations, customers may lose 15 networks from their cable line-up. The networks in question are 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 says Viacom has avoided negotiating a new contract with Cable ONE for the past two months. The company says they will continue trying to negotiate with Viacom :in good faith" to resolve the issue. The current contract expires on March 31st.

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