Several cable operators and DirecTV issued statements in support of the antitrust suit Cablevision filed against Viacom in a federal court on Tuesday.
"There's no question that the current all-or-nothing system dictated by programmers is completely broken," DirecTV said in a prepared statement. Cablevision alleged in its suit that Viacom violates antitrust law with its practice of requiring pay TV distributors to carry ancillary networks such as Palladia and VH1 Classic if they want to offer subscribers more popular networks such as MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.
While Time Warner Cable issued a statement in support of Cablevision, Comcast, which is one of the biggest owners of cable networks through its NBCUniversal subsidiary, stayed on the sidelines.
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