TV Fee Feuds Hurt Viacom, Time Warner
Two takes on the seemingly never-ending spate of fee feuds between TV distributors and content providers that lead to programming blackouts: First, Time Warner Cable comes out swinging, noting, "Consumers are tired of these disputes and so are we--television networks can't continue to demand
huge price increases and expect us to silently pass those cost increases on to our customers."
Next, Viacom "sees red" (that's red ink, not anger) after pulling its programming from DirecTV, according to Claire Atkinson. "Viacom’s networks, including MTV, BET and Comedy Central, have lost an estimated 2 million viewers in just the first week of the fee dispute with the nation’s largest satellite-TV provider," writes Atkinson.