Saturday, January 1, 2011

Jon Stewart And Stephen Colbert To Stay On Local Cable TV

The thought that Andy Griffith and others at TV Land, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Spike TV would all go dark on local cable channels sent shivers down the spines of local TV buffs.
Suddenlink said they have reached an agreement with Viacom to keep the programming on their cable network.
December 31, 2010
Suddenlink, Viacom Reach Agreement

Suddenlink and Viacom are pleased to announce that they’ve reached an agreement in principle on a long-term contract.  Viacom channels, listed below, will continue to be carried by Suddenlink.  In addition, EPIX will be made available to Suddenlink customers in the next few months.

EPIX provides consumers with the latest Hollywood movies, 15,000 films from three of the top motion picture libraries and cutting-edge original programming on television, on demand and online, exclusively in HD and SD.

Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Suddenlink wants to thank its customers for their patience and support during these negotiations and assure them that, as a result of this agreement, there will be no changes to the recently announced rate adjustments for Suddenlink’s most-popular services; the company will absorb any difference and customers will have a choice about whether or not they want EPIX.   

In addition to EPIX, the new agreement covers all of the Viacom networks included under the prior agreement.  Of those networks, the seven typically featured on Suddenlink’s widely available Expanded Basic service are MTV, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Comedy Central, Spike TV, VH1, CMT.  The others are featured on optional digital services and include Logo, Palladia HD, Nick Jr., TeenNick, NickToons, Nick2, MTV Hits, MTV2, MTV Jams, Tr3s, VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, and CMT Pure Country.

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