Unable to reach a new distribution deal by Tues’ 11am ET deadline, Cable One tried to keep the programmer’s most popular networks—TBS, TNT and Cartoon—on its systems but failed. Cable One said it secured a deal for those 3 channels through co-op NCTC, while it removed CNN, CNN en Espanol, HLN, TCM, TruTV and Boomerang from its systems. But the entire Turner portfolio actually went dark, with the programmer saying Cable One didn’t have the authority to distribute the 3 channels through NCTC. Read on for each party’s position on the dispute and what lies ahead.
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