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Charter and Viacom reach deal to avoid dropping Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, other channels

Charter and Viacom reach deal to avoid dropping Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, other channels

Cable giant Charter Communications and programmer Viacom Inc. have reached a tentative agreement on a new carriage deal, averting a threatened blackout of Viacom channels such as Nickelodeon, BET, MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central.

Negotiations continued well beyond a Sunday deadline, with the two companies announcing a truce Tuesday night.

"Viacom and Charter have reached an agreement in principle,” the companies said in a joint statement. “Spectrum subscribers will continue to have access to Viacom’s networks, without disruption, while we finalize terms.”​

The tentative pact covers more than 16 million Spectrum customers nationwide — including nearly 2 million homes...

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