Cablevision-Viacom—How’s the Camel’s Back Today?

After years of grumbling about the wholesale bundling of networks, an MVPD did something about it Tues and the floodgates opened. Cablevision filed an antitrust lawsuit against Viacom, claiming it illegally forces it to carry and pay for lesser-watched nets that its customers don’t want in order to carry “must-have” channels. Hours after Cablevision announced the action, several MVPDs and independent programmers piled on with statements challenging the practice. Read on for an analysis of the Cablevision case and statements from each side.

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