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Press Release

PTC Says Cablevision/Viacom Settlement Doesn’t Benefit Consumers

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 10/19/2015

LOS ANGELES (October 19, 2015) – The Parents Television Council issued a response to the settlement between Cablevision and Viacom. Cablevision had filed suit over how Viacom packaged and priced their basic cable networks.

According to The Wall Street Journal , “Cablevision had alleged that Viacom forced it to carry and pay for a series of 'lesser-watched' channels, such as MTV Hits and VH1 Classic, to be able to carry Viacom’s most popular networks, such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central.”

“Consumers, and especially families, were counting on a solution to this lawsuit that gave them more control over their programming bundle. With this settlement, it appears that consumers are once again left to foot the bill for unwanted and even harmful cable TV programming. Consumers are left stuck between a rock and a hard place, the rock being programmers and the hard place being the distributors, with no real solution for more choice over their cable TV bundle except to cut the cord altogether,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“We advocate tirelessly for a real solution to combat increasing cable TV prices, and a way to give consumers more control over what they allow into their homes. That solution is Cable Choice , which would allow consumers to choose and pay for only the cable TV networks they want. Today’s settlement doesn’t get us any closer to that solution and we hope that cable networks will eventually change course and offer more choice to consumers.”

The Parents Television Council® ( is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at