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...