In our experience, many of these contract negotiations are not completed until just before their expiration date, although we sincerely hope this one can be completed well before then.
To that end, we will continue to negotiate in good faith with Viacom to establish a new contract with fair and reasonable terms for our customers. In the unusual event those negotiations are unsuccessful and Viacom refuses to allow us to carry some or all of the above-listed channels after December 31, we reiterate our pledge to reduce customer prices by the cost of the affected channels for whatever length of time they are unavailable.
We will provide an update when there is a material change in the status of these negotiations.
* The channels listed above are those that are typically featured on our widely available “Expanded Basic” service. Other channels affected by these negotiations are featured on incremental, digital service packages and include Logo, Palladia HD, Nick Jr., TeenNick, NickToons, Nick2, MTV Hits, MTV2, MTV Jams, Tr3s, VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, and CMT Pure Country.