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[qi:_newteevee] With Time Warner Cable poised to take Viacom channels off the air in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other cities Jan. 1 due to a dispute over raising fees, that’s an awful lot of people who will be missing “The Daily Show,” “Best Week Ever,” “Degrassi” and “The City.” […]

[qi:_newteevee] With Time Warner Cable poised to take Viacom channels off the air in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other cities Jan. 1 due to a dispute over raising fees, that’s an awful lot of people who will be missing “The Daily Show,” “Best Week Ever,” “Degrassi” and “The City.” Don’t worry — we can help and have put together a list of places where you can watch these shows and other Viacom programming on NewTeeVee. Update: Time Warner and Viacom have reached an agreement so there will be no disruption of the service.

  1. I’ve read Viacom’s press statement about their plans to pull the MTV/Nickelodeon/Comedy Central networks from the air if Time Warner Cable does not meet their demands for increased fees/revenue. Viacom’s sense of corporate responsibility, trying to lay the blame on Time Warner Cable, is shameful and atrocious. They’ve stated that they expect cable customers to find TWC’s resistance to your demands “outrageous.” No, it is Viacom that I find outrageous. CHARGE THE ADVERTISERS MORE, not the viewer. The consumers and viewers of Viacom’s shows are not commodities with whom they can trade on the value of their company. We should not be the ones who add value to Viacom’s bottom line. Too bad if their sales margins are declining. I for one would rather loose their networks forever than have to pay a higher cable bill. If Viacom can’t agree to TWC’s terms… I say good riddance.

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  2. I wrote this to Viacom suggest you do something similar: You misrepresented yourself. I will now go to any and all blogs I can to tell the true story. I called and wrote Time Warner Cable to demand the return of shows I watch all the time. The truth is you are making great money from the cable companies, while they lose money and your trying to gouge additional money out of them. Well, I guess I can lose my shows at YOUR foolishness. Like my grandmother would have said, “Shame on you!”

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  3. Hi — I’m the director of digital communications at Time Warner Cable …

    Take a look at the popup that’s showing up on websites owned by Viacom — any of ‘em, MTV.com, VH1.com, etc. The text says, in part “Attention Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks customers, starting tonight, you will lose your favorite MTV shows on TV and online because of a dispute with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.”

    Here’s a screen shot: http://twitpic.com/ycvx

    It’s that phrase “and online” that’s really troubling. What does Viacom mean by that? If the statement’s true and not just a scare tactic, then it either means:

    1) They’re going to take all their video content off the Web and ruin it for everybody.

    2) They’re somehow going to block Time Warner Cable / Bright House/ Roadrunner subscribers only from seeing their free video content, probably by blocking a range of IP addresses.

    If they do the latter, they will be blocking our Road Runner customers – many of whom don’t even subscribe to our video service – from the same full Web experience that they provide everyone else for free.

    What will that do for the future of online video? We’re not sure, but one thing’s positive: it won’t be good.

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  4. Mefeedia has The Daily Show and Colbert Report – via our Hulu deal and Viacom approval:

    http://www.mefeedia.com/tv/latenight

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  5. Well, it says they have finally reached a deal.

    http://dwarfurl.com/dc75d

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    1. yes they have. i just posted an update on the NTV site. http://newteevee.com/2009/01/01/timewarner-viacom-reach-agreement/

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