Does Viacom-TWC Fight Help Broadband?
December 31, 2008 9:05 AM
Consumers might have a new incentive to defect from cable to broadband-only video. That’s because Viacom and Time Warner are engaged in a battle that could result in Viacom channels like Comedy Central being pulled from Time Warner systems when the contract between the two companies expires tonight at midnight.
Viacom is asking for an increase of about 25 cents per month for the package of channels or about $3 a year per customer. That kind of increase could potentially raise cable bills even higher.
Could these high-stakes poker games with the consumers as the chips breathe fresh interest in ditching cable entirely? Will more cable viewers opt out, opting instead to get their shows via broadband? Let me know what you think!