Cable One Balks at TNT Rate Hike12/26/2002 3:10 AM Eastern
Officials at Phoenix-based MSO Cable One Inc. said they haven't agreed to
Turner Network Television's rate-hike demands and the company isn't optimistic
about reaching a deal to carry the network, which would allow it to continue
carrying National Basketball Association and National Association for Stock Car
Auto Racing programming.
Other key MSOs haven't agreed to Turner Broadcasting System Inc.'s demands
for a 10 percent hike, including Charter Communications Inc., Cablevision
Systems Corp., Comcast Corp. and direct-broadcast satellite provider EchoStar
"We have presented Turner with a counterproposal, but frankly, we are not
optimistic that an agreement will be reached," Cable One vice president Jerry
McKenna said. "Based upon the negotiations thus far, Cable One has no plans to
renew its contract to carry TNT Plus."
McKenna said the MSO has been offered a 30-day contract extension, which
would allow it to carry TNT until Jan. 31.
While Turner executives have said they would offer MSOs that don't agree to
the rate hike a separate feed that excludes NBA and NASCAR programming, McKenna
said Cable One hasn't been offered that option.
Turner declined to respond to McKenna's comments. "We negotiate directly with
our partners, not through the press," spokesman Jim Weiss