No more Spike TV for LA/NY cable viewers?

19 million cable viewers in NY and LA are close to losing some of their favorite cable channels, including SpikeTV, which broadcasts UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter, UFC Unleashed, UFC Countdown, and UFC Fight Night.

Viacom claims it has been trying to negotiate a “fair” renewal of its prized cable channels for months and months, but reputedly Time Warner Cable has been unresponsive and “unreasonable” so talks have stalled. The nation’s 2nd largest cable system operator, in turn, claims Viacom is asking for “exorbitant” increases in carriage fees which would have to be passed along to the customer. So now this fight between the two Big Media giants will hurt cable viewers.

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