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BendBroadband Signs Contract with Viacom

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Hot Topics, TV Programs | 0 comments

Last week, The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) reached an agreement with Viacom, the parent company of MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, TV Land and other networks. Good news if you enjoy these channels: BendBroadband has signed the NCTC/ Viacom contract and we will continue to offer the Viacom channels to our customers. During the negotiation process, we heard from many customers who were concerned that their prices might rise if we yielded to Viacom’s rate increase demands. While the costs for the channels have increased, BendBroadband will keep cable TV prices the...

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Broadcast TV Not So Free After All

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Featured, Hot Topics, On the Tube, Technology, TV Programs | 0 comments

Broadcast TV Not So Free After All

In a recent column in the Bend Bulletin, Bob Singer, the general manager of KTVZ, wrote that the “retransmission consent” fees his station charges cable and satellite providers enable his station to provide “free” local programming and news.  Broadcast TV is in fact not “free” for the 90% of Americans who rely on cable and satellite services to watch their favorite shows.  Broadcast TV costs these consumers billions of dollars per year.  And these costs are increasing rapidly, at a rate far beyond inflation.  Over the next five years, local TV broadcasters...

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Tentative Deal Reached with Viacom

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Hot Topics | 2 comments

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) has reached a deal with Viacom, the parent company of MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, TV Land and other networks. BendBroadband, along with the other 800 cable companies represented by NCTC, will be evaluating the new agreement over the next week. We are hopeful that we will be able to continue to offer these networks. Once again, thank you for your support as we have worked through the negotiation process. We will let you know as soon as we have finalized the contract.

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Viacom Negotiations Update

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Hot Topics | 2 comments

It was a long Monday night while negotiations continued with Viacom, the parent company of MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, TV Land and other networks. We are pleased that Viacom extended our current agreement to allow the networks to remain on the air until we could complete the negotiation process. Together with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), BendBroadband is continuing work to finalize the Viacom deal.  NCTC expects to issue a press release on the deal this Thursday, April 3rd and we will also share more information with our customers at that time. We...

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Latest news on the Viacom negotiations

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Hot Topics | 77 comments

In an effort to keep you up to date and informed, we will continue post to our blog. Here’s the latest: Negotiations continue with Viacom, the parent company of MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, TV Land and other networks. If we do not reach an agreement by this evening, Viacom will require BendBroadband to remove all of its channels as of 9 p.m. tonight, March 31st. Over the past few months, the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) has been negotiating on behalf of BendBroadband and other independent cable companies to work out a fair contract after Viacom demanded a...

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Update on Viacom Negotiations

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Hot Topics, Uncategorized | 3 comments

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) is negotiating with Viacom on behalf of BendBroadband for continued carriage of channels including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, TV Land and other channels. As of today those negotiations are still underway, but Viacom is asking that BendBroadband and nearly 800 independent cable operators across the country agree to a rate increase that is nearly 40 times the rate of inflation. The increase is significant, like pulling your car or truck up to the pump and finding that gas has gone from $3.50 a gallon to $6.00 overnight. Together we are...

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