Lenexa, Kan. -- The National Cable Television Cooperative
and MTV Networks are trying to negotiate a settlement to a lawsuit that the co-op filed
this summer over a 17 percent license-fee increase for Nickelodeon, officials said last
MTVN had been slated to file its answering papers to the
pending lawsuit today (Sept. 14) in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. But instead,
it was seeking -- with the consent of the co-op -- a 30-day extension from the court so
that talks on the settlement can continue, a co-op official said.
In a nine-point settlement proposal to MTVN, the NCTC is,
among other things, seeking launch incentives, such as free carriage and cash fees, for
its members that roll out MTVN services.
The co-op suit -- filed against MTVN parent Viacom
International Inc. in June -- wants proof that MTVN has raised Nick's rates for all
of its affiliates, including major MSOs, and not just for the NCTC.
Alleging breach of contract, the suit also raised
objections to MTVN's bundling its networks, or forcing operators to carry several
services in order to get rate discounts.