Viacom threatening to pull its channels from Virgin Media in Carriage fee dispute
Viacom, which owns Channel 5, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV and VH-1 were threatened with a blackout on Virgin Media over the weekend, due to a carriage fee dispute
An on-screen messages appearing to Virgin Media UK customers on numerous channels overnight said the channels were due to be axed at midnight on 31st August 2019.
Channel 5 itself will not be affected, as a commercial public service channel
Channels affected and under threat of removal from Virgin Media are :
Nick Jr. Too
Comedy Central Extra
On a webpage, since removed, Viacom accused Virgin of not offering a fair deal and confirmed it had not asked Virgin for an increase in the fees it receives for its channels.
A Virgin spokesperson was able to confirm that the channels would be remaining on air on Virgin Media, with “constructive” discussions with Viacom continuing.
A similar carriage dispute last year saw the UKTV Group of channels, including Dave, withdrawn from Virgin Media for a few weeks.
This may also affect any IPTV services that use Virgin Media as a source for their streams…