Viacom Shares Fall After Analyst Warns Of Possible Run-In With Dish Network

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    Viacom Shares Fall After Analyst Warns Of Possible Run-In With Dish Network

    (deadline.com) - The change is predicated on Bazinet’s belief that there’s at least a 50% chance Dish will drop Viacom channels including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, and VH1 when their carriage deal expires. (He says it could happen as early as this year; a Viacom spokesman says the current agreement does not expire in 2015 but declined to provide the exact end date.) The reason? Dish has dug in its heels in recent negotiations, allowing Turner Broadcasting networks (including CNN and Cartoon Network), CBS, and Fox News to go dark. Meanwhile small distributors including Cable One and Suddenlink appear to have done well financially after dropping Viacom. “Do you see a pattern?” the analyst asks, predicting that renewal talks between Viacom and Dish will become “a key event.”...

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