Suddenlink Customers Lose Access To Nickelodeon, Comedy Central And More
(KFSM) – Suddenlink, a cable and Internet company, has dropped popular channels like Nickelodeon and Comedy Central due to a pricing dispute with the owner of those channels, Viacom, according to a post on Suddenlink’s website.
The company services multiple towns like Clarksville and Russellville in Arkansas and Poteau and Sallisaw in Oklahoma.
At the beginning of October, Suddenlink customers lost access to Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, VH1, Spike, CMT and more channels, the post states.
Suddenlink reported that after making new agreements with companies like AMC, Fox, Turner, Disney and Discovery, the company attempted to negotiate with Viacom, but they were unable to do so.
Viacom wanted a nearly 50 percent increase in payments, and the company rejected every offer that Suddenlink made, according to the post on Suddenlink’s website.
In an attempt to make up for those lost channels, Suddenlink introduced other channels like FXX, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Sprout, The Oprah Winfrey Network and more.
“We understand and regret the frustration this situation has caused some of our customers, but we sincerely hope they’ll give the new channels a try and that they find those channels as compelling as others have said they do,” Suddenlink said on their website.
Customers weren’t even able to watch Viacom shows online, either, as the content provider blocked access to its videos online for those with Suddenlink provided Internet, according to the post.