Spencer, IA (KICD)–Spencer Municipal Utilities and many other companies representing 5,000,000 subscribers is in negotiations with Viacom to continue offering their channels, but believes the current proposal from Viacom would have costly repercussions for the companyâ€™s customers.
Although specific numbers cannot be shared Viacom demanded a rate increase thatâ€™s 40 times the rate of inflation. SMU General Manager steve Pick says “Viacom owns popular networks such as MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. But in order to offer these, the cable networks require us to carry networks that are not as well-known, networks such as MTV2, MTV Hits, CMT, CMT Pure Country, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, Spike, Teen Nick, TR3s, TV Land, VH1, VH1 Soul and VH1 Classic.”
Pick adds that fees from these networks account for the bulk of monthly cable bills and that mergers such as Viacom’s allow large programming companies significant leverage over independent cable companies such as SMU.
SMU encourages concerned customers to visit www.TVOnMySide.com to learn more about rising programming costs.