Comporium may drop MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central if Viacom deal isn't reached

The HeraldMarch 25, 2014 

— Comporium may drop several popular television channels including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central if a deal can't be reached with network giant Viacom, Comporium officials announced Tuesday.

Rock Hill-based Comporium is in negotiations with Viacom, owner of MTV Networks, to continue offering its channels, but Comporium leaders say the current Viacom proposal would have costly repercussions.

"While we are restricted from talking about specific rates, Viacom demanded a rate increase that’s 40 times the rate of inflation," Comporium Vice President Glenn McFadden said in a prepared statement.

McFadden compared it to the price of gas jumping overnight from $3.50 a gallon to $6.

"That’s the scale of this large increase," he said. "In addition, Viacom may demand we drop their networks if we don’t agree to their proposal."

McFadden said Comporium’s video system has numerous channels provided by Viacom on its high definition and standard definition channel line-ups.

"Viacom owns popular networks such as MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central,” McFadden added. "But in order to offer these, the cable networks require us to carry networks that are not as well-known, such as MTV2, MTV Hits and VH1 Classic."

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