Viacom threatens Alaska TV providers – KPU, GCI and MTA to lose 26 networks including Comedy Central, Spike and Nickelodeon


ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Alaska independent pay TV providers have banded together in negotiations with one of the world’s largest media conglomerates, Viacom. Represented by the National Cable Television Cooperative, KPU, GCI, and MTA are among more than 700 small, independent pay TV operators that are at risk of losing Viacom’s 26 networks due to stalled negotiations.

If a deal is not made by April 1, Viacom is demanding that its 26 networks, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CMT, be pulled from more than 5 million subscribers across the country. In Alaska, an estimated 130,000 subscribers would be affected.

“We’ve unified to fight for Alaskans …