Kansas City, Kan. -- The National Cable Television
Cooperative and MTV Networks said they were unable to settle the NCTC's lawsuit
against MTVN by last Wednesday's court-imposed deadline.
Representatives from both sides said they would continue
trying to settle the dispute. But when they could not reach an agreement in time, MTVN
submitted a response to the lawsuit in federal court.
MTVN spokeswoman Carole Robinson said she could not comment
on the response because the filing was under seal by the court. She said MTV was still
"optimistic" that the matter can be resolved out of court.
NCTC senior vice president of programming Frank Hughes also
said he was hopeful that the matter could be settled. But after several delays, the NCTC
was "prepared to go" before the judge, he added.
"We'll go ahead and play the court game as long
as we have to," he said.
The cooperative -- which represents small and midsized
cable operators with a total of about 8.5 million subscribers -- sued MTVN for breach of
contract over a license-fee increase that raised Nickelodeon's rate by 17 percent.