Viacom says unable to reach distribution deal with Charter

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 13, 2017

Viacom said it has made "a series of very attractive offers" to Charter, which has turned them down. As a result, carriage of Viacom channels like MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon could be dropped if a deal isn't reached by this weekend.

According to Variety, the two companies have been bickering for months after Charter moved Viacom networks like MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and Spike (which is rebranding as Paramount Network) to a higher-priced cable subscription tier. "While we're making every effort to reach a new deal, Charter's actions may force a disruption in their service".

"Despite our efforts, Charter continues to insist on unreasonable and extreme terms that are totally inconsistent with the market", Viacom said in its statement.

The current deal between Spectrum and Viacom is four years old, according to keepviacom.com, a website aimed at urging Spectrum customers to contact the cable provider and tell them they want to keep the channels.

"Spectrum is now working with Viacom to reach an agreement that is fair for everyone", the company posted on its Facebook account.

Viacom, facing being kicked off Charter Communications' cable systems when its distribution agreement expires on October 15, says that under the proposals it has made Charter would pay less for Viacom's channel than it now pays.

By Wednesday night, Viacom began running "crawls", notifying customers they could lose channels at the bottom of the screen.

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