October 1, 2013
Updated - Turner Nets Dark, Including TNT, on Cable One
By Amy Maclean
(Updates throughout to reflect loss of TBS, TNT and Cartoon)
Cable One said it removed CNN, CNN en Espanol, HLN, TCM, TruTV, and Boomerang from its systems at 9am MST today following the expiration of its contract with Turner.
Shortly thereafter, customers reported that TBS and TNT were dark. Turner said that the 2 were unable to reach a deal for the entire cable network portfolio, including TBS and TNT.
A Cable One spokesperson said Turner had signed a contract to keep TBS, TNT and Cartoon on the air through NCTC, but that Turner "has chosen to punish our customers by deauthorizing the signals" and that the MSO believes it was done "in retaliation for us dropping their less popular programming." Turner said Cable One does not have the right to distribute the channels through an NCTC agreement.
"Cable ONE has been in negotiations to renew our contract with Turner Network for the past several months and we have made every effort to reach a fair deal,” said Cable ONE CEO Tom Might in a statement. “However, Turner has demanded an increase of nearly 50% for channels with steadily declining ratings. Since we were unable to reach a fair deal with Turner, we’ve been forced to drop these channels from our channel line-up.”
Turner said it offered an extension to Cable One and that it's asking it to pay the "established and accepted rates" already in the marketplace.