I was looking forward to another arrow in Sumner Redstones ass- but Viacom and Time Warner reached a handshake agreement to keep the 17 cable channels on the Time-Warner Cable Systems.But an agreement was reached at 9:30pm pacific time
Perhaps the FCC should enact some type of national policy over cable systems to "protect the public" from two media conglomerates playing chicken...
1) Time Warner should consider putting the 17 channels of Viacom on a separate premium tier that is priced as any programming tier ($5.00) per month. That way those who don't want to watch MTV cable channels won't be paying to watch. It would also show both TW and Viacom the real audience for those channels.
2) As I have advocated before. Treat a cable system as a utility and charge viewers according for what they watch. We get charged by monopolies now for electricity, and natural gas on a pay per usage model- Why not Cable Channels. It makes sense to me- and could prove to be a viable business model for the entertainment industry - i.e. unions, guilds, producers, writers, actors etc.
I don't know who blinked- But Viacom cannot afford to lose more revenue- even for a day