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Cablevision files bundling lawsuit against Viacom

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#1 OFFLINE   RasputinAXP


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:52 PM


Fan of channels such as CMT, VH1 Classic and Teen Nick? Cablevision is assuming that's a negatory. Today, the cable provider filed a federal antitrust suit against Viacom over the content distributor's programming bundling practices, which are alleged as anti-competitive. The lawsuit revolves around Viacom's insistence that ancillary networks be included in programming agreements in order to gain distribution rights to more popular networks such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. While the complaint itself remains under seal, Cablevision is arguing abuse of power in the lawsuit, which if successful, could have rippling effects throughout the pay-TV industry.

Personally, I think that's freaking hilarious. They tie carriage of Fuse to MSG and then whine when Viacom does it to them.

"Belligerent and numerous."

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#2 ONLINE   Stewart Vernon

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:29 PM

I had the same thought... only more... Dolan is on the board still of both Cablevision and AMC Networks... and AMC forces people to take all their channels and will not let them "cherry pick" just the popular one.

Highly ironic of Cablevision to take a stand like that, when it inevitably will shine a spotlight on AMC negotiations the next time around.

IF Cablevision wins, AMC loses :)

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