Suddenlink + Viacom Dispute Leaves East Texans Without 24 Channels
If you're a Suddenlink customer, which means thousands in and around Tyler, you've probably noticed that many channels have disappeared.
A contract dispute between the cable provider and Viacom networks has resulted in 24 channels being removed from Suddenlink's lineup as of Oct. 1. The two sides have both released statements offering different points of view on the subject.
"Despite our repeated requests for Viacom to reconsider, Viacom rejected every offer Suddenlink made and then removed its channels," Suddenlink said in a statement. "Because Viacom still demands a significant pay increase, despite declining viewership, Suddenlink asked for a price for only the Viacom channels (like TV Land, Comedy Central, and others) that our customers watch the most. Viacom responded by further increasing its price demands."
Viacom's statement, obviously, was extremely different.
"After five months of negotiations, Suddenlink abruptly stopped negotiating with Viacom one week ago," Viacom said in a statement. "Suddenlink took the unprecedented step of rejecting its own proposal and informed Viacom that it will drop our networks tonight when our deal expires."
Channels dropped from Suddenlink's lineup include popular choices such as Comedy Central, MTV and MTV 2, Nickelodeon, BET, VH1, Spike, Nick Jr., CMT and TVLand.
Suddenlink has added some new channels to replace the ones that were lost, including Investigation Discovery, FXX, TheBlaze, Fusion and Comedy.tv.