Cable One Removes Viacom Channels in Contract Standoff


As threatened, Cable One announced late Monday night that it was being forced to remove a string of networks, owned by Viacom, after failing to come to an agreement with the broadcaster. Cable One said that due to expiration of its deal with Viacom, it was removing 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 CEO Tom Might said that Viacom had insisted on increases greater than 100 percent to carry all 15 of their channels.

“We asked for a price reduction because of their declining viewership and they refused," wrote Might in the late-night news release. "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."

Might also said that Cable One was ready to move forward with its plans to add other networks to its lineup, including BBC America, Sprout, the Hallmark Channel, National Geographic, and the Sundance Channel, to replace the missing Viacom networks.

But Viacom Executive Vice President Carole Robinson said Cable One had continued "to stall our conversations rather than work collaboratively and quickly toward a compromise."