Amarillo, TX - Amarillo-area subscribers to Suddenlink will be losing several popular channels starting October 1st.
When Viacom asked for more money for their channels, Suddenlink started a negotiation that has been going on for months.
"We have traded different offers and Viacom refuses to make a fair and reasonable offer for their channels," said Pete Abel, Spokesperson for Suddenlink.
According to Suddenlink, Viacom is demanding a nearly 50% increase in what they're paid. So, Suddenlink is saying goodbye to Viacom's channels.
"Viewership of their main channels has decreased in the last several years, some down by almost 30%. It was just not fair to ask our customers pay a lot more for channels that on average are watched a lot less," said Abel.
We reached out to our viewers on Facebook to see what they had to say. Some are saying Suddenlink needs to stand their ground and don't blame Suddenlink for the change.
However, not everyone is happy about that change.
"I've been with Suddenlink for about 15 years, and I just don't feel it's right for them to take so many channels off," said John Canady, a Suddenlink customers.
That is just one of the many upset comments. Many are even saying they will drop their Suddenlink cable service. Another customer says their kids will be heartbroken for their cartoon loss.
But Suddenlink is not leaving those open channels empty.
"We've surveyed our customers through emails, phone, and social media," said Abel.
Starting October 1st, Over 20 new channels based on what customers have suggested will be available.
"We believe they'll like them," said Abel.The 23 channels are based on where you live. To check out what channels your area will be losing go to suddenlinkonyourside.com. Click on affected channels, and then type in your zip code.
VIACOM STATEMENT ON SUDDENLINK BLACKOUT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPT. 30, 2014 – Viacom Inc. today issued the following statement on thedrop of its networks by Suddenlink:
After five months of negotiations, Suddenlink abruptly stopped negotiating withViacom one week ago. So that Suddenlink customers would continue to enjoy programming from Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, TV Land, Spike, CMT, VH1, BETand more, Viacom today accepted for a one-year term Suddenlink's final economic proposal, issued on September 23rd, to renew its carriage of 24 Viacom networks.
Suddenlink took the unprecedented step of rejecting its own proposal and informedViacom that it will drop our networks tonight when our deal expires.
Suddenlink claimed to Viacom that it had created bandwidth issues that it is unable to remedy. Inexplicably, Suddenlink has backed itself into a corner and is now unable toaccept its own final proposal.
Suddenlink has chosen to turn its back on a long-standing partner and ignore its paying customers, who have taken to Facebook and Twitter in droves to voice their displeasure.
Viacom attracts the greatest share of viewing of any cable programmer. According to Nielsen, at any given time, one out of every five cable viewers under the age of 50 is watching a Viacom network. Viacom programming accounts for one third of all freevideo-on-demand orders by Suddenlink customers.
We will inform Suddenlink's customers about alternate distributors to view our programming.
For more information, please visit http://keepviacom.com
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