NBCUniversal is warning that its broadcast and cable networks may be about to go dark for subscribers to Charter Communications systems, Bloomberg reports. The two companies face a Jan. 1 deadline as they continue to struggle to find common ground on a new contract.
In a statement released today, NBCUniversal says Charter “has been unyielding in its demand for terms superior to those agreed to by the rest of the industry, including larger distributors.”
A spokesman for Charter declined to comment on the situation, Bloomberg notes. Charter recently acquired Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks.
“Charter is NBCUniversal’s third-largest distributor, with 17.3 million subscribers across the country, including major markets like New York City and Los Angeles,” Bloomberg reports.
The story notes: “Adding to the intrigue in this standoff is that NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable company, which often finds itself on the other side of the negotiating table against TV networks. NBCUniversal owns cable channels such as CNBC and broadcaster NBC, which is scheduled to air a ‘Sunday Night Football’ game loaded with playoff implications on Jan. 1, when the Green Bay Packers face the Detroit Lions.”