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THIS IS IT FOLKS! TIME WARNER TO CUT OUT 19 VIACOM CHANNELS...

 
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So now this fight between the two Big Media giants will hurt cable viewers. At 12:01 AM on January 1st, just after the ball drops in Time Square, Time Warner Cable's 13.3 million subscribers will lose 19 Viacom channels -- Comedy Central; CMT: Pure Country; Logo; Palladia; MTV; MTV 2; MTV Hits; MTV Jams; MTV Tr3s; Nickelodeon; Noggin; Nick 2; Nicktoons; Spike; The N; TV Land; Vh1; Vh1 Classic; Vh1 Soul. The howling starts here, especially by parents home for the holidays with children who won't have access to their favorite shows like SpongeBob Squarepants and Dora The Explorer, and tweens/teens wanting to see new episodes of those new unreality Reality TV series The City and Bromance, and twentysomethings and older who get their news from The Daily Show With Jon Stewart or The Colbert Report.

This affects all U.S. Time Warner cable subscribers including those in New York and Los Angeles. Alex Dudley, a vice president at Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable operator, is telling reporters that the dispute with Viacom "is that they have asked for an exorbitant increase in their carriage fees and their network ratings are sagging." However, Nickelodeon is 2008’s No. 1 basic cable network, drawing the largest audience in its history. MTV, on the other hand, has seen ratings slide. Time Warner Cable claims it's "trying to hold the line on fees for our customer" -- but it's really worried that if Viacom gets its raises, then every cable programmer will want them. TWC claims Viacom has asked for fee increases of between 22% and 36% per channel, but Sumner Redstone's company maintains the increases would cost less than $.25 a month for the package of channels per subscriber who spend a fifth of total TV time watching Viacom shows but its fees make up less than 2.5% of the Time Warner cable bill. (Sports channels are paid the biggest cable premium). But Time Warner Cable also is complaining that Viacom's popular shows are rerun on Web sites where Viacom collects advertising revenue that it does not share with Time Warner. On the other hand, Viacom has staked much of its revenue-growth prospects on squeezing higher carriage rates out of its cable and satellite affiliates despite an ad slowdown and weaker ratings.

Such negotiation battles between
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Please tell me this is not true!!!
No MTV, VH1, or Comedy Central??? Those are basically the only three channels I watch.
I find it hard to belive they would do that to NYC customers, its such a huge market, there will be many complaints.
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Please tell me this is not true!!!
No MTV, VH1, or Comedy Central??? Those are basically the only three channels I watch.
I find it hard to belive they would do that to NYC customers, its such a huge market, there will be many complaints.
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YEP. THIS IS A FUCKING OUTRAGE!
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12/30/2008 11:59 PM
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ITS ON THE FRONT PAGE OF HUFFINGTON POST AS WELL.
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Time Warner Cable's 13.3 million subscribers will lose 19 Viacom channels -- Comedy Central; CMT: Pure Country; Logo; Palladia; MTV; MTV 2; MTV Hits; MTV Jams; MTV Tr3s; Nickelodeon; Noggin; Nick 2; Nicktoons; Spike; The N; TV Land; Vh1; Vh1 Classic; Vh1 Soul.
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Whats the problem? All those channels suck big time. Never watched any of them.
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Ouch. There will be some very upset sheep...

But seriously Time Warner, cutting Nick? Parents will be up in arms...

Thank you Direct TV.

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Ouch. There will be some very upset sheep...

But seriously Time Warner, cutting Nick? Parents will be up in arms...

Thank you Direct TV.

sheeplebah
 Quoting: Hanfeitzu


DONT THINK THE REST OF THEM WONT DO THE SAME...EVEN SATELLITE TV. THIS MAY BE CHAOS AT FIRST AND THEN ORDER!
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12/31/2008 12:05 AM
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long as the dont touch espn or discovery or the weather channel.
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I can't say I'm surprised.

Time Warner has been pulling this stunt with local TV stations and broadcast groups lately.

I was wondering when they were going to start hitting the major cable outlets.

The ultimate answer is for the folks with Time Warner cable to cancel their subscriptions. If enough people canceled, TW would get the message.
In ten years we'll look back on this moment, laugh nervously, and quickly change the subject.
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12/31/2008 12:12 AM
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Just buy a converter box and enjoy the free digital signal. You won't believe how good that old tv looks.
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I guess it's a good thing I don't have Time Warner. Personally I could do with out some of those channels.

I think out of all of them the only ones I was consistently are VH1 Classic, Comedy Central, and Spike TV. If I had a choice I would drop MTV, MTV2, and a couple others for channels like RFD, Sundance, and IFC.
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Comedy Central? MTV? Where will all the teens and twenty-somethings get their news now?
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I don't watch any TV.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
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12/31/2008 12:45 AM
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I've cut them all out...mtv was the first to go.
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TW did this here in Austin a few months ago.
They dropped NBC. NBC!!!
For weeks they told us it was the local channel not dealing....when enuff calls came in, they caved. START CALLING.
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I`m sorry to hear that, my family watches those channels alot. I am afraid we are going to loss, many of our creature comforts the next year or two. Lots of stores are going to go broke. Enjoy the good life the little while its going to last.
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Tough shit. Its not like somebody is making them buy the service. They should just go ahead and cut out all the channels.
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I don't watch any TV.
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i do like tv land, they play 3rd rock from the sun at night. they have a scroll with a number to call on the screen it goes dark tonight.
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WAIT, WILL THIS AFFECT PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMCAST OR COX CABLE??
"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." -Thomas Jefferson

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it."
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stop watching TV
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WAIT, WILL THIS AFFECT PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMCAST OR COX CABLE??
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"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." -Thomas Jefferson

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it."
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Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-Benjamin Franklin
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they were flashing shit across the screen when i was watching south park. this pissed me off. i do watch CC more then any other networks (besides the espn's) so this pisses me off. colbert is the man.

hopefully they resolve this shit. they took cbs away from us in the buffalo area during the bills season for like a month. people freaked but they eventually got it back. hopefully this is the case again.
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Comedy Central? MTV? Where will all the teens and twenty-somethings get their news now?
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The sad thing is comedy centrals news is more legit than CNN.
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Classic TV shows and some newer
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I haven't watched any yet, clocks my CPU too much
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Maybe they will totally end TV and you stupid ass goyim will awaken from your slumber of slavery and start to notice who your masters have been, and how badly you have been looted and brainwashed and controlled for decades.
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They said at midnight and my kids are still watching noggin.. So my guess is they are bluffing. Viacom that is
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Trust me it's for the best I have not had television of any sort for about 6 years, I actually had a kind of withdrawl from it when I first quit. But now every so often at work (I work night shifts) I turn the television on an instantly get angry with the stupidity in everything I see.
I urge anybody to quit tv for at least a couple months, do stuff, read books, play outside MEET the actual people on your facebook or myspace....then go back to tv, THEN you will truely understand sheeple

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WAIT, WILL THIS AFFECT PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMCAST OR COX CABLE??

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"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." -Thomas Jefferson

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it."
-Abraham Lincoln

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-Benjamin Franklin
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The day they start cutting cable channels means we really will be headed back to the caves! They use them to keep the sheeple asleep and not aware of anything. It will be the very last thing to go.

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