Turner Nets Go Dark on Washington Post Co.’s Cable One, While Verizon FiOS Renews Pact

Programmer's blackout on Cable One in contract fight is first in its history

About 600,000 customers of Washington Post Co.-owned Cable One lost access to Turner Broadcasting System’s cable channels Tuesday — which the programmer said is the first blackout in its history — after the companies could not reach a deal on carriage fees.

Separately, Turner on Wednesday announced an expanded distribution deal with Verizon giving FiOS TV customers access to programming across a variety of screens, including TV, PC, tablet and handheld devices.

Cable One removed six Turner channels Tuesday at 9 a.m. Mountain after the previous carriage deal expired for CNN, CNN en Espanol, Headline News, Turner Classic Movies, TruTV and Boomerang. Subsequently, Turner ordered the cable operator to remove TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network from its systems; according to Cable One, the MSO still has a valid contract to continue carriage of those three channels.

“Turner has chosen to punish our customers by deauthorizing the signals for these channels so that they will no longer receive them,” a Cable One rep said in a statement. “We believe that they have deauthorized these channels in retaliation for us dropping their less popular programming.”

Cable One, which has close to 600,000 video customers across 19 states, said it will credit customers for the loss of Turner programming on their next billing statements.

In a statement, Turner said, “Despite our best efforts, we were unable to reach an agreement with Cable One for our portfolio of leading networks, including TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, HLN, truTV and TCM…. We are simply asking that Cable One pay the established and accepted rates already in the marketplace for our portfolio and remain willing to discuss a new agreement that recognizes the strength and value of our networks and the popular programming they offer.”

Turner’s deal with Verizon — which has more than 5 million FiOS TV customers nationwide — expands on-demand programming available to subs and provides live streaming of all major Turner networks that can be viewed in and out of the home across multiple devices.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Verizon is paying a higher rate to Turner under the renewed agreement. On Time Warner’s second quarter earnings call in August, execs said Turner revenue should see double-digit compound annual growth from 2013 to 2016 and the cable group seeks higher carriage fees from cable, satellite and telco TV operators.

For Verizon customers, the activation of various aspects of the TV Everywhere rights will happen in stages, with some taking place in the fourth quarter of 2013 and some in the first half of 2014, according to Verizon. The TVE content is available to customers with both FiOS TV and FiOS Internet service.

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  1. mmedina says:

    Cable rates are insanely inflated. The cost for programming is far less than what we, the CableONE subscribers actually pay. I propose CableOne pay the differences and get back the important channels we need for news! REMOVE some of the channels we do not view as much! Remove LESS WATCHED programming to balance out the MUCH NEEDED information stations! Check the ratings. I’m pretty sure the lower rated channels could be bundled, disappear and create funds for the Turner family of programming!

    Or…perhaps…lose customers!

    • Yaluy says:

      So if your an apple salesman, and your cost to provide a certain type of Apple goes up by 50% your going to suck it up and not change the price of what your customers pay for apples? If so, then you won’t be in the apple business long

  2. Rick Mattoon says:

    you live in an apt that doesn’t allow satellite so I use cable one. Find out they are penny ante cuz I live in a small city and them and Turner have a pissing contest, I lose tcm and baseball and no one speaks for me

    • Yaluy says:

      Providers speak for you by fighting networks. Providers pay networks for the right to carry their channels to provide to consumers. So if networks raise their prices, which effects what you pay monthly.
      You can’t complain about losing a channel because your provider is fighting price increases, then also turn around and complain about your monthly cost

  3. Rick Mattoon says:

    YDo I need verizon to get these on my phone?

  4. Rick Mattoon says:

    crihardmattoon@yahoo

  5. RD Gladden says:

    First Washington now Turner and Cable One forget who pays the bills!

  6. Turner needs to honor their contract that contains the three networks that were not suppose to be in the negotiations. It not only hurts the Cable One customers but customers lose their faith in the integrity of those in charge at Turner who appear uncaring to those very people that support their programming by watching those stations.

  7. jamesjimcie says:

    Turner and Time Warner are engaging in 1910-1940 era Paramount Pictures block booking style type of behavioral practices to force CableOne to carry the least unpopular channels so it could carry the more popular channels.

  8. Liv Bliss says:

    Dudes: did you learn your negotiating skills from Congress? I want my Big Bang Theory, and I want it now! Can’t we all just get along?

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