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Runestone Cable TV to Remove Viacom Channels on April 30th
Runestone Telecom Assn. has announced that channels provided by Viacom will be removed from the Runestone cable television system. These channels, which include TV Land, Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, CMT, Spike, Comedy Central, NickJr, Nicktoons, CMT Pure Country and VH1 Classic, will be removed at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30th. During recent contract negotiations, Viacom demanded rate increases beyond what Runestone considered reasonable to pass on to subscribers. There will be no refund or reduction in rates as other cable channels have also raised their rates offsetting the savings from the removal of the Viacom content.
There are several ways to continue watching many of your favorite Viacom programs. You can purchase Dish Network (available from Runestone except in the Herman area) or DIRECTV satellite service. Shows can also be seen on the websites for Viacom's individual channels. For example, you can go to www.cc.com to watch Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" or "The Colbert Report" free of charge. Many are also available on subscription services such as Amazon Prime or hulu.com.
It is not easy to remove channels or raise rates. In this case, Runestone determined it was a better decision to remove the Viacom channels. There are three more major programming contracts to negotiate this year including: ESPN-Disney (expires 7-3-14), Scripts Network (includes Food Network and HGTV, expires 9-30-14), and Discovery Networks (expires 12-31-14).
As an alternative to some of the Viacom content, Runestone will be adding the following channels on April 30th:
19.1 or 315 Me-TV
19.2 or 317 Antenna TV
19.3 or 319 This TV
19.4 or 321 Live Well Network
These channels carry many of the classic television shows similar to TV Land. You will need a digital television or rent a set-top box from Runestone to view them. Your television will also need to do a "channel scan" to find these new channels. Schedules for these channels can be found at: http://www.kstc45.com/classics/index.shtml
Runestone Local Weather, currently on Channel 19, will be moved to Channel 60.
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