Morehouse Parish residents who use Suddenlink as their cable provider of choice may soon be without a handful of stations. According to a notice provided to the Enterprise, the company is currently undergoing negotiations with Viacom to settle on a "new, acceptable and fair agreement" to continue providing Viacom channels to Suddenlink customers nationwide.
Suddenlink anticipates that the following channels — Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick 2, Nick Jr., Nick Toons, Teen Nick, TV Land, Spike TV, CMT, CMT Pure Country, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Jams, MTV U, BET, Centric, VH-1, VH-1 Classic, VH-1 Soul, Palladia, Logo, Tr3s and EPIX — will no longer be provided by Viacom after the current agreement expires on September 30, 2014 unless a new contract is negotiated within the next week that would take its place.
If these channels are turned off for viewers, Suddenlink says that it will introduce new, but currently unconfirmed, channels that customers have indicated they would like to have access to in the place of the Viacom channels.
Suddenlink, the seventh largest cable operator in the U.S., previously negotiated a new agreement with Viacom at the end of 2010.
On its website, SuddenlinkOnYourSide.com, the company discusses that it holds firm when negotiating price increases in an effort to keep annual price increases for consumers as low as possible.