Cablevision sues Viacom over bundling
February 26, 2013
Cable companies have long complained that cable network owners should not be able to leverage the popularity of their top networks by forcing MSOs to also carry their less-popular ones.
Viacom, for instance, shouldn’t be allowed to force MSOs to pick up VH1 Classic if they want to carry MTV.
Now at least one cable company is tired of simply complaining.
Today Cablevision filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court claiming that Viacom has “abused its market power over commercially critical networks, including must-have networks such as Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and MTV, to coerce Cablevision into carrying the 14 far less popular ancillary channels.”
The suit claims that Viacom has employed coercion and threats to get its way and accuses the company of harming Cablevision and its customers. It says Viacom has violated anti-trust laws.
Cablevision wants its 2012 carriage deal with Viacom voided and “a requirement that Viacom permit Cablevision to carry the core networks and ancillary products on terms pending negotiation of a new, lawful agreement.”
Viacom has not yet responded to the suit.
Cablevision will undoubtedly hear support from other cable companies in its lawsuit. Time Warner Cable said last year that it will no longer carry smaller networks that it sees little demand for, and has already shed Ovation.
‘Stars’ posts best finale in four seasons
Yet another sweeps victory for NBC
OOH measurement: Where it’s headed
On cable news, wall-to-wall Ferguson
‘Santa Hunters,’ hunt for something else
What will be the big media stories of 2015?
Best tube bets this holiday weekend
Cable overnights: ‘MNF’ takes a hit
Study: Hispanics ahead of the curve for digital
What are your predictions for 2015?
ABC’s ‘Scandal’ wows ‘em on Twitter
Part one of ‘Stars’ finale matches season high
Happy Thanksgiving: What readers are thankful for
- Timothy Mutrie becomes chief strategy officer at Jacob Tyler
- Mark Koelfgen rises to CCO at McGarryBowen
- Paul Shearer becomes Middle East CCO at Ogilvy & Mather
- Matthew Abate becomes ECD at Atmosphere Proximity
- Amy Goldberg and Dan Myers join Starz
- Patti Dennis rises to VP of talent development at Gannett
- Lori Loughlin and Bailee Madison join Hallmark's 'Northpole 2'
- Lenora Crichlow and Spencer Grammer join NBC's 'Mr. Robinson'
- Actor George Eads leaving CBS's 'CSI'
This week’s cable ratings
This week’s broadcast ratings
This week’s top movies, songs and books
This week’s daypart ratings
This month’s new media traffic data
This week’s younger viewer ratings
Savvy media buyer needed in Chattanooga
Media planning coordinator wanted in Miami
Digital media planner job in Salt Lake City
Media planner/buyer job in Madison, WI
Needed: Media buyer in Baton Rouge