|4/3/2014 10:12:00 AM|
National TV agreement reached, but local board must still approve contract
It appears the latest cable TV agreement affecting Windomnet subscribers has been completed--but there's no assurance yet that the affected channels will be retained.
Windomnet General Manager Dan Olsen told Citizen Online this morning that the Windom Telecommunications Commission has until April 10 to approve or reject the new contract. The contract was negotiated by a nationwide cooperative on behalf of countless local cable TV systems, such as Windomnet.
The contract is with media giant Viacom. The list of channels that face possible extinction, locally, includes: Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH-1, MTV, TV Land, TeenNick, Nick Jr, CMT, CMT Pure Country, VH-1, VH-1 Classic Rock, M-TV 2, and Spike.
Olsen says the dispute started when Viacom refused to back down from its original demand of a rate increase that is 44 times the rate of inflation. Olsen added that it is not yet clear how the new contract would affect local rates. He and his staff are currently examining the complicated rate system to determine the local impact.
Watch Citizen Online Breaking news for more details on this story as they emerge. Also check the April 9 Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition for more on this story.