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Viacom threatens to pull MTV off Time Warner Cable (Comedy Channel, Nickelodeon, 16 others)
KFSM ^ | 12/30/08

Posted on 12/30/2008 8:11:47 PM PST by Libloather

Viacom threatens to pull MTV off Time Warner Cable
Associated Press - December 30, 2008 10:33 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Viacom is threatening to pull MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon and 16 other channels from Time Warner Cable if a new carriage fee deal is not agreed upon by midnight Wednesday.

A Time Warner spokesman says Viacom is seeking "an exorbitant increase in their carriage fees."

Viacom has asked for fee increases of between 22 and 36% per channel, adding up to tens of millions of dollars per year, an amount that Time Warner says would cause an increase in customers' cable bills. But Viacom contends that the increases would cost less than 25 cents a month per subscriber.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cable; liberalmedia; mtv; nickelodeon; timewarner; viacom
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Wow.
1 posted on 12/30/2008 8:11:48 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Only if they promise.


2 posted on 12/30/2008 8:13:37 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Libloather

Call that bluff.


3 posted on 12/30/2008 8:15:03 PM PST by lawnguy (The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil-Cicero)
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To: Libloather

They can keep it, no music anyway.


4 posted on 12/30/2008 8:15:52 PM PST by SouthTexas
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To: SouthTexas
I DON'T want my mtv.
5 posted on 12/30/2008 8:19:13 PM PST by icwhatudo
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To: icwhatudo

When did MTV get rid of the music videos anyway?

Now they seem to have dumb reality shows, and not music videos.


6 posted on 12/30/2008 8:20:24 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: icwhatudo

$1 per channel ala cart cable....PLEASE!!!


7 posted on 12/30/2008 8:20:53 PM PST by icwhatudo
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To: Dilbert San Diego

They actually have a show now where parents of gay male teens interview men to date their teen. Beyond sick.


8 posted on 12/30/2008 8:21:57 PM PST by icwhatudo
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To: Libloather
I don't see any station on this list that I will miss.
9 posted on 12/30/2008 8:23:15 PM PST by Dawnsblood
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To: Libloather

Couldn’t live without South Park, BUT it gets uploaded by someone on bitorrent AND it has a FREE channel which the creators shrugged at. \

The rest can die..MTV? Didn’t know it still existed.


10 posted on 12/30/2008 8:23:20 PM PST by max americana
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To: Dilbert San Diego
When did MTV get rid of the music videos anyway?

Sometime after 1985.

11 posted on 12/30/2008 8:24:38 PM PST by Tribune7 (Obama wants to put the same crowd that ran Fannie Mae in charge of health care)
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To: Libloather

That includes Colbert and Stewart I think. Good riddance


12 posted on 12/30/2008 8:26:01 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Libloather

Maybe time warner would decrease your bill if they leave. Right. All viacom’s stuff is pretty mind-numbing anyway, I’d say good riddance.


13 posted on 12/30/2008 8:27:07 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Libloather
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14 posted on 12/30/2008 8:27:26 PM PST by Cyber Ninja (His legacy is a stain OnTheDress)
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To: Libloather

MTV is so bad it’s almost unbelievable. Good luck with that LOL.


15 posted on 12/30/2008 8:28:16 PM PST by Jaime2099
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To: Libloather

The only show I would miss is South Park, and that’s only half-heatedly since I can get all any SP episode off the web.


16 posted on 12/30/2008 8:34:11 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Libloather
please pull it off the air. I would love to be able to pick and choose which cable networks I viewed. Handful... Fox, ESPN, Discovery, A&E, History Channel, TMC....Spike, ....and then pay per view on NFL games. or NFL channel.

That's about it. the rest is cr#p.

17 posted on 12/30/2008 8:38:20 PM PST by erman
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To: Libloather

Since they all have commercials, they should all be free.


18 posted on 12/30/2008 8:40:39 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Dawnsblood
I don't see any station on this list that I will miss.

I agree...nothing I'd miss off that list. It'd be nice if they would add a few movie channels...preferably classic movies.

19 posted on 12/30/2008 8:41:57 PM PST by highlander_UW (The only difference between the MSM and the DNC is the MSM sells ad space in their propaganda)
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To: Libloather

That is sort of convoluted logic for Viacom.

Pay us more or we will pull the channels.

Yet, if they pull the channels, they will lose what they are getting now.


20 posted on 12/30/2008 8:43:33 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Libloather

What part of symbiotic don’t they understand?


21 posted on 12/30/2008 8:44:01 PM PST by NonValueAdded (once you get to really know people, there are always better reasons than [race] for despising them.)
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To: Jaime2099

Oh No! What shall I do??!


22 posted on 12/30/2008 8:45:49 PM PST by gigster
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To: erman
I would love to be able to pick and choose which cable networks I viewed.

Wasn't McCain pushing for an ala carte selection for cable a couple of years ago? What happened to it? That was one of the few things McCain was pushing that I was in favor of, too.

I could recommend about 35 of the 65 channels I get now be dropped. They just clog up the cable.
23 posted on 12/30/2008 8:47:28 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Libloather

How can I get them off my cable? I’d seriously consider paying more just to get them out of my home.


24 posted on 12/30/2008 8:49:59 PM PST by curth ( Sarah Palin - America's First Female President -2012)
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To: Dawnsblood

Thanks for providing the list. TV Land is about the only one I think I would. I like watching Andy Griffith.

Unfortunately, I think TW would replacement with more shopping channels or other useless themed networks.


25 posted on 12/30/2008 8:50:02 PM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: erman

If they let you do that then crap like BET, Univision etc would all be out of business. We can only hope.


26 posted on 12/30/2008 8:52:08 PM PST by curth ( Sarah Palin - America's First Female President -2012)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“When did MTV get rid of the music videos anyway?”

When it became the “Youth Depravity Network”.


27 posted on 12/30/2008 8:52:59 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: Libloather

We can only hope!


28 posted on 12/30/2008 9:03:13 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Libloather

Thank-you Viacom, now will my TWC bill go down. I do not think so!!!


29 posted on 12/30/2008 9:03:36 PM PST by ThomasPaine2000 (Peace without freedom is tyranny.)
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To: Libloather
REMEDY:

Get DirecTV. No foreseeable problems with them yet and the picture is so much better than cable.

30 posted on 12/30/2008 9:07:47 PM PST by antiunion person (Ban the Brady Law. Save the 2nd Amendment from the liberals)
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To: Libloather

Wow - that is quite a hike.


31 posted on 12/30/2008 9:08:30 PM PST by Tzimisce (http://groups.myspace.com/nailthemessiah)
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To: ThomasPaine2000

I pulled the plug on my TWC about a month ago, except for internet. 500 channels of crap I can easily do without.


32 posted on 12/30/2008 9:09:15 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Libloather

A couple on there I might miss - TVLand and Nick - but I can get by without them. Maybe TW can fill those spots with some of the local over the air digital channels that are hard to pull in with rabbit ears. Or perhaps they could cut the bill $5 or so.


33 posted on 12/30/2008 9:09:19 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Libloather

“What Satan meant for evil”..maybe this cause (less) people to watch that PERVERTED 90% CR*P. Viacom has stood for evil for years..good ridance!


34 posted on 12/30/2008 9:31:22 PM PST by JSDude1 (Like the failed promise of Fascism masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism- Nephi)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
When did MTV get rid of the music videos anyway?

It started around 1988. They need to change MTV to RTV since 90% of their programming is reality type shows.

35 posted on 12/30/2008 9:33:14 PM PST by OCC
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To: curth
If they let you do that then crap like BET, Univision etc would all be out of business. We can only hope.

You have this racist thing going by any chance?

36 posted on 12/30/2008 9:33:28 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtureĀ™)
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To: highlander_UW

I agree, Although our area has Comcast (which I also hate), I love TCM and AMC!


37 posted on 12/30/2008 9:33:53 PM PST by JSDude1 (Like the failed promise of Fascism masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism- Nephi)
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To: steve86

do you? seems like it’s the racist who always brings race into a discussion.


38 posted on 12/30/2008 9:42:03 PM PST by curth ( Sarah Palin - America's First Female President -2012)
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To: Dawnsblood

Nope, not a single one.

In fact all of those I recognized have been channel blocked on my television for as long as I’ve been aware of then.

Go ahead Warner, dump the chumps.


39 posted on 12/30/2008 9:48:04 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg
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To: Libloather

Not that it matters, but a lot of people might be pulling their Time Warner Cable before long. ‘Guess they think it’s a good economy.


40 posted on 12/30/2008 10:11:17 PM PST by onedoug
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To: antiunion person

Mine went out every time it rained. Had to get rid of it.


41 posted on 12/30/2008 10:11:24 PM PST by screaminsunshine (.)
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To: erman

Me, too. And sadly, Discovery, A&E, and the History Channel never really tell anything but a liberal version of any story.


42 posted on 12/30/2008 10:14:42 PM PST by donna (If America is not a Christian nation, it will be part of the Islamic nation. Take your pick.)
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To: Libloather

I just saw a scrolling banner on Comedy Central urging Time Warner customers to call the company and demand that they keep these channels on the air! I wondered what it was about. Guess now I know. Wonder who’s bluffing?


43 posted on 12/30/2008 10:36:36 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: antiunion person

I have Direct tv. Are you sure that it won’t be pulling the same thing?


44 posted on 12/30/2008 10:39:38 PM PST by Bush gal in LA (''Impeachment is patriotic!'')
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To: Libloather

Our local ABC channel is off of the Dish network right now because the parent company is pulling the same crap. I normally wouldn’t miss it, but “Lost” will be coming back on soon and it’s one of the very few shows that I do watch. I know I can download it from itunes, but I’d rather see it for free. Or I can wait for it to be on SciFi or G4 in a couple of years...


45 posted on 12/30/2008 11:01:36 PM PST by Evie Munchkin (Sarah in 2012!)
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To: Libloather
I found a list of channels/networks Viacom owns on Wiki. TVLand and the Nick at Nite programming on Nickelodeon are about the only ones I watch with any regularity in the first place. Spike's okay once in a while. South Park is the only reason for me to tune into Comedy Central anymore (ah, for the long lost days of The Comedy Channel - MST3K, Higgins Boys and Gruber, the Alan Havey Show, etc.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assets_owned_by_Viacom

Television Networks

* MTV

* MTV2

* MTV Tr3́s

* MTV Desi

* MTV Hits

* MTV Jams

* MTV News

* mtvU

* Palladia

* Nickelodeon

* Nick 2

* Noggin

* The N

* Nicktoons Network

* Nick GAS(Exclusive to Dish Network)

* TV Land

* TV Land Canada

* CMT

* CMT Pure Country

* CMT (Canada)

* Spike

* VH1

* VH1 Classic

* VH1 Soul

* BET

* BETJ

* BET Hip-Hop

* BET Gospel

* BET UK

* Comedy Central

* Logo

* PBS Kids Sprout(Co-owned with Comcast,HIT Entertainment,PBS and Sesame Workshop)

* TMF

* VIVA

* Paramount Comedy

46 posted on 12/31/2008 2:04:36 AM PST by DemforBush (Millions of conservatives have got your back, Sarah!)
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To: Libloather

OK, if TimeWarner cuts these channels, I am switching over from DirecTV IMMEDIATELY.


47 posted on 12/31/2008 4:28:40 AM PST by FarRightFanatic (It wasn't an election. It was a socialist coup.)
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To: FarRightFanatic; AT7Saluki
OK, if TimeWarner cuts these channels, I am switching over from DirecTV IMMEDIATELY.

I was thinking the same thing. I noticed last night that the channels facing elimination are running an emergency ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! crawler asking customers to save them by calling a phone number. Nope, not me.

48 posted on 12/31/2008 4:43:51 AM PST by Libloather (December is Liberal, Leftist, Marxist Awareness Month.)
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To: Libloather
Actually, for us conservatives this is actually a GOOD thing given how woefully liberal-leaning most of these channels are anyway. Good riddance!
49 posted on 12/31/2008 6:18:36 AM PST by RayChuang88
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To: Libloather

Noggin provides many “teachable” moments for my 5-year old. They show their “Big Green Help” propaganda BS, and I teach her not to listen to what they say on the television and listen to her parent instead.


50 posted on 12/31/2008 6:26:19 AM PST by JacksonCalhoun (My friends here in the south: don't blame it on the yankee transplants - I'm deep Red from CT.)
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