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4/2/2014 1:14:00 PM
CableOne drops Viacom channels due to price hike

CableOne announced Monday that it is dropping Viacom channels 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 effective immediately.

The cable company cited failed contract renewal negotiations with the media conglomerate.

"Despite the fact that viewing is down on 12 of Viacom's networks, some by as much as 30 percent since 2010, Viacom demanded an increase greater than 100 percent to carry all 15 of their channels," said Tom Might, CableOne president and CEO, in a news release. "We asked to drop the less popular networks and only carry the networks our customers really watch, and the rate they demanded was even higher."

To replace these channels, CableOne plans to add channels customers have been requesting, including BBC America, Sprout, The Blaze, Hallmark Channel, National Geographic, Investigation Discovery, TV One, Sundance and more, according to the news release.

"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," said Might.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Article comment by: Dissapointed Former customer

Cable One is Definately NOT reliable as their commercials claim and they NEVER made me smile either. My internet was constantly having outages which they always blamed on someone else they are contracted with and never once offered me a discount for outages. Funny also how they will allow you to pay a bill over the phone on weekends but nothing else really. The last straw for me came when our cable went our during football playoffs and we missed almost two full games. These were local channels. Really?It still took them nearly 2 months to get me the refund I was due. I am paying more for another provider but have had no issues and am willing to pay more for the reliability.

Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Article comment by: Reed Winfrey

We are not yoked to any cable companies unless we allow that. get an antenna and go back to watching regular TV. You might be surprised at what is available for FREE!!

Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Article comment by: I Am Also Fed Up With Cable

A few months ago, Cable One dropped Turner Network stations (including CNN).

When that dispute was settled, they increased everyone's rate (including those of us who don't get Turner stations).

Not fair.

Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014
Article comment by: Ditched Cable/Satellite

Buying a Roku 3 and getting subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, and NHL Gamecenter saved me over $800 in 1 year over cable/satellite charges. As an added bonus - no commercials!

Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014
Article comment by: Fed Up With Cable

I'm one fed up with Cable and their excessive commercial runs on their programing. It is getting to appear that after 7:00 PM in the evenings, commercials will run as fill for the shortened programing sessions. What gives? Cable rates are far too high for what you get. Programs in their various packages are crap and seldom watched yet we are forced to pay for them. Cable must figure they have a captive audience....Since they control it, I guess they do. Hi fellow sheep!

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