SpongeBob is a Greedy S.O.B.

Sorry, SpongeBob, Dora, and Diego, but if I wake up tomorrow and see you’re erased from our television forever. Well, then good riddance.

In case you haven’t heard, Viacom is threatening to pull Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and about 19 other channels by midnight if Time Warner Cable doesn’t agree to pay them higher carriage fees of about $39 million more. The increase may only cost cable subscribers an extra 23 cents to $3.00 per month, but still… What a bad time to be asking people for more money!

As I’m writing this, the kids are watching SpongeBob (one last hurrah!) and running across the bottom of the screen is an alert from Viacom asking customers to call Time Warner Cable to save “our favorite shows.” Pleease…

This may be the final kick in the pants I need to cancel cable for good. I’m tired of being squeezed for every little penny!

1 thought on “SpongeBob is a Greedy S.O.B.

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve read Viacom’s press statement about their plans to pull the MTV/Nickelodeon/Comedy Central networks from the air if Time Warner Cable does not meet their demands for increased fees/revenue. Viacom’s sense of corporate responsibility, trying to lay the blame on Time Warner Cable, is shameful and atrocious. They’ve stated that they expect cable customers to find TWC’s resistance to your demands “outrageous.” No, it is Viacom that I find outrageous. CHARGE THE ADVERTISERS MORE, not the viewer. The consumers and viewers of your content are not commodities with whom they can trade on the value of their company. We should not be the ones who add value to Viacom’s bottom line. Too bad if their sales margins are declining. I for one would rather loose their networks forever than have to pay a higher cable bill. If Viacom can’t agree to TWC’s terms… I say good riddance.

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