While my nephew was watching TV on Nickelodeon, I noticed a message scrolling across the screen & decided to read what it said. The jist of it is that Nickelodeon, along with 18 other channels were going to be pulled, starting tomorrow. Reading this, I was obviously furious. We pay enough $$$ and they're going to cut channels??? So I went onto our Time Warner Cable site and this is what I read:
We are negotiating earnestly, honestly and fairly with MTV Networks, but so far have been unable to reach an agreement or get an extension.
MTV NetworksÂ may pull these channels from your lineup on January 1st.
â€¢ MTV Networks wants our customers to pay millions more.Â They are currently demanding price increases that are nearly triple the rate of increase under our current agreement. These increases would be excessive even in a strong economy, but given the current conditions, itâ€™s simply not fair to our customers.
â€¢ MTVâ€™s demands are outrageous and would force our customers to pay millions of dollars more per year. MTVâ€™s networks are not worth so much more today than they were yesterday, especially given the fact that their ratings are mostly declining in recent years.Â
â€¢ Much of their popular programming is also available for free online.Â In this economy, we donâ€™t believe itâ€™s appropriate to ask our customers to pay so much more for programming with declined ratings or that's available for free.
â€¢ Weâ€™ve successfully negotiated hundreds of programming agreements with other cable networks, many within the last few months. Our hope is that we will come to an agreement with MTV Networks that is fair to our customers.
Cable Networks affected:
Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite
Does anyone else have Time Warner or another company (others were listed on the scroll) and got this message? I personally think this is ridiculous. I rarely watch MTV itself, except for a show or two, but my niece & nephew love Nick & they're going to be punished for it because MTV networks wants more money. If you want more money, then create shows that are going to bring in $$$! The funny thing about this is that I was thinking about interning for them this summer, but I'm definitely having second thoughts now.
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