This is what you need to do tomorrow to help keep Time Warner from blacking out Comedy Central (and 18 other Viacom Networks) on January 1st at 12:01 AM:
Call Time Warner at 1-800-762-3786 and ask them to say NO to the blackout, and yes to keeping Comedy Central!
Call Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman (pronounced DOH-mon) at 1-212-258-6000 and ask him to get back to the table and stop Time Warner from blocking 19 Viacom channels!
If you use Facebook, please spread the word by joining the Keep Colbert on the Ert – Call Time Warner to keep Comedy Central! Facebook group. Get the word out to your friends – we need our Comedy Central!
I would first like to formally apologize to my neighbors and husband who just heard a very loud “AW HELLLL NO!” from the vicinity of my computer.
Just got this tip from AArtVark and Vigwig about a news story that hits very close to home, via a very trusted and reliable blogger, Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily:
What an awful way to ring in 2009. It turns out that Viacom claims it has been trying to negotiate a “fair” renewal of its prized cable channels for months and months, but reputedly Time Warner Cable has been unresponsive and “unreasonable” so talks have stalled. The nation’s 2nd largest cable system operator, in turn, claims Viacom is asking for “exorbitant” increases inc arriage fees which would have to be passed along to the customer. So now this fight between the two Big Media giants will hurt cable viewers. At 12:01 AM on January 1st, just after the ball drops in Time Square, Time Warner Cable’s 13.3 million subscribers will lose 19 Viacom channels — Comedy Central; CMT: Pure Country; Logo; Palladia; MTV; MTV 2; MTV Hits; MTV Jams; MTV Tr3s; Nickelodeon; Noggin; Nick 2; Nicktoons; Spike; The N; TV Land; Vh1; Vh1 Classic; Vh1 Soul.
This affects all U.S. Time Warner cable subscribers including those in New York and Los Angeles. Alex Dudley, a vice president at Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second-largest cable operator, is telling reporters that the dispute with Viacom “is that they have asked for an exorbitant increase in their carriage fees and their network ratings are sagging.” However, Nickelodeon is 2008’s No. 1 basic cable network, drawing the largest audience in its history. MTV, on the other hand, has seen ratings slide. Time Warner Cable claims it’s “trying to hold the line on fees for our customer” — but it’s really worried that if Viacom gets its raises, then every cable programmer will want them.
Nikki is very thorough about explaining the technicalities behind the impending blackout and I would highly suggest going over to her blog to read the whole post. If you can get past the “no more Comedy Central” part that literally had me screaming out loud.
Ok, I’m so irritated right now that I don’t even know where to start about blogging my anger. I live in a building with one cable option and I’m on the 10th floor and, being a high rise, dishes are not allowed hanging off the side of the building. Time Warner is my *only* option. Thank God for ColbertNation.com – at least I can watch full versions of the show on my computer … in the morning.
I’m going to stop this rant right now – I don’t want to become one of “those bloggers”. And the story isn’t about me, it’s about Time Warner being total arse clowns. But I digress.
Hopefully this will get resolved soon, but until then, there are going to be some VERY unhappy Time Warner customers come January 1st at 12:01 AM. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear. Also, I’ll keep you posted on any letter writing campaigns that may be started to let Time Warner know that the fans of these networks are NOT happy with their decision to turn these Viacom channels off. Here’s Viacom suggestion, via YouTube and featuring a few “Colbert Report” clips.
Please try to keep your venting as family friendly as possible, which I understand is rather difficult. Thanks.