• Cable's New 2009 Formula: Ratings Equal Subscriber Fee And Advertising Fairness
    Just in time for the New Year -- and a new big fat recession -- came another big fat war between media giants. As of Dec. 31, Viacom said it would remove all its channels from Time Warner Cable because the second biggest U.S. cable operator wouldn't pay a 25 cent-per subscriber monthly increase, which totaled some $36 million a year. Despite what you think of this -- and where this particular snafu ends up (actually, it was resolved at the last minute, with final terms not disclosed) -- Viacom makes a strong case: Viacom says it controls about 20% ...
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