Cable ONE announced today that it removed Turner Network channels CNN, CNN en Espanol, Headline News, Turner Classic Movies, TruTV, and Boomerang at 9 a.m. MST today 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 Cable ONE CEO Tom Might. “However, Turner has demanded an increase of nearly 50% 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.”
The company did secure TBS, TNT, and the Cartoon Network, and are hopeful that Turner will continue to negotiate in order to reach an equitable agreement for the dropped channels.
“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.”
For more information about this negotiation, access www.StopProgrammingHikes.com/turner.
About Cable ONE
Serving 730,000 customers in 19 states with high speed Internet, cable television, and telephone service, Cable ONE provides consumers a wide range of the latest products and services, including wireless Internet service, High-Definition programming, and phone service with free, unlimited long distance calling in the continental U.S. More information – www.cableone.net.
Trish Niemann, Cable ONE Public Relations Manager