Cable One reaches accord with TBS
Oct 27, 2013 | 11213 views | 0 0 comments | 520 520 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cable One announced Friday it had reached an agreement with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. to restore Cable One's carriage of Turner's channels CNN, CNN en Espanol, HLN, Turner Classic Movies, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Boomerang.

The process of restoring the Turner channels began immediately and may take several days to complete.

Tom Might, Cable One CEO, said: "We're pleased to be able to restore these channels to our customers, and appreciate their patience and loyalty."

Earlier in October, Cable One announced it had removed the Turner Network channels from its channel line-up following the expiration of the Cable One/Turner Network contract.

"Cable One has been in negotiations to renew our contract with Turner Network for the past several months and we have made every effort to reach a fair deal,” said Might at the time. “However, Turner has demanded an increase of nearly 50 percent for channels with steadily declining ratings. Since we were unable to reach a fair deal with Turner, we’ve been forced to drop these channels from our channel line-up.”

Following this announcement, Turner Network deauthorized signals to TNT, TBS, and the Cartoon Network, despite the fact that Cable One has a valid contract to continue carriage of these channels.

“Turner has chosen to punish our customers by deauthorizing the signals for these channels so that they will no longer receive them,” said Trish Niemann, Cable One Public Relations Manager earlier. “We believe that they have deauthorized these channels in retaliation for us dropping their less popular programming.”

“The historical video subscription business model is in decline and a new video model is taking shape, built on the Internet and consumer choice,” Might said. “Yet, most cable programmers have chosen to demand unprecedented rate increases in the old model just as it declines. Our customers cannot support these unending, enormous rate increases. More are willing every day to try alternate, less expensive ways, to enjoy video in their homes and on the go.”

Turner said it had a long history and well-ended reputation as a fair and reasonable partner to their distributors and they have worked diligently with Cable One to come to a resolution, even by offering an extension that expired at noon on Tuesday.

Turner askied that Cable One pay the established and accepted rates already in the marketplace for their portfolio and remain willing to discuss a new agreement that recognizes the strength and value of their networks and the popular programming they offer.