A carriage deal between NBCUniversal along with Charter Communications can be set to expire on January 1, along with the two sides are reportedly at an impasse in negotiations. If the ball drops before a fresh agreement can be struck, millions of Charter subscribers could lose access to NBC Universal’s slate of channels, which include NBC network, MSNBC, Bravo, Telemundo along with E!.
NBCUniversal warned Charter Spectrum cable customers in which week of a potential blackout, which could threaten their ability to watch some marquee broadcasts. in which weekend’s edition of “Sunday Night Football” on NBC will feature a pivotal matchup between the Green Bay Packers along with Detroit Lions. On January 8, the network will host the Golden Globes.
“NBCUniversal values its partnership with Charter Spectrum, our third largest distributor,” the company said in a statement. “Charter Spectrum has been unyielding in its demand for terms superior to those agreed to by the rest of the industry, including larger distributors. Given in which position, we feel the responsibility to inform viewers in which Charter Spectrum may drop NBCUniversal’s networks at the end of the year, including NBC, Telemundo, USA, Bravo along with hit shows including the #1 show on TV—Sunday Night Football, WWE, the Golden Globes, in which can be Us along with more.”
A Charter spokesperson declined to comment.
The negotiations center around the fees in which NBCUniversal along with some other content providers charge cable companies like Charter to show their channels.
NBCUniversal has sought to ratchet up the public pressure having a marketing campaign aimed at Charter customers in which was slated to launch Thursday. The campaign includes an onscreen crawl shown intermittently to Charter households, as well as a website — Delivermyshows.com — in which encourages those customers to contact Charter.
Many of those customers used to call themselves Time Warner Cable subscribers, until Charter took over the company — along with another operator, Bright House — in a $65 billion merger earlier in which year. (Time Warner Cable, by the way, should not be confused with Time Warner Inc., the owner of sy88pgw.)
in which’s not unusual for such negotiations to go down to the wire, along with even lead to blackouts. yet in which’s possible in which NBCUniversal could opt against a blackout even if a negotiations go beyond the deadline.
yet Charter has apparently been emboldened by its bombshell merger to seek more favorable terms coming from broadcasters, a posture in which has seemed to continue in its negotiations with NBCUniversal. Variety, citing sources, reported in which Charter “has rejected a package cost for NBCU’s channels similar to in which paid by some other distributors, along with in which negotiations have stalled completely.”
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published December 30, 2016: 12:58 PM ET