Joey GarnerExecutive Vice President
Jackson, Miss. – TEC announced today a potential blackout of Viacom channels on their video cable company, TEC Video, located in Erin, TN.
TEC Video, a member of the National Cable Telecommunications Coop (NCTC), faces the possible March 31 blackout due to a disagreement on rates. NCTC, which represents hundreds of cable systems serving approximately 6 million rural cable subscribers, maintains the contract with Viacom and refuses to pay what they call “unreasonable rates” which could ultimately be passed on to TEC subscribers.
Viacom has asked for a rate increase on the following channels which could go dark as we seek to renew our contract: BET, Comedy Central, CMT, CMT Pure Country, MTV, MTV2, Nickelodeon, NickToons, TeenNick, Nick Jr., Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and VH1 Classic Rock.
“TEC continues working with NCTC to insure low, reasonably priced programming rates,” said Joey F. Garner, TEC Executive Vice President. “It is important to us that our customers have the opportunity to watch quality programming at the lowest rates possible.”
Please refer to www.TVonmyside.com for additional information on programming contract disputes. TEC believes that it is imperative to fight unreasonable rates in programming costs that get passed along to you, our valued customer.
The American Cable Association, which represents many of the same companies that are NCTC members, today praised the role of buying groups such as NCTC. “Without a buying group like the NCTC, customers of small- and medium-sized cable operators would pay higher fees for their television service,” said ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka in a press release.
As an innovative and independent company based in Mississippi, TEC is committed to delivering reliable, customized communication services across the nation. In addition to offices in Mississippi, TEC also has offices in Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee. For more information see www.tec.com or facebook.com/TECForYourLife