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The Glasgow EPB purchases the majority of our cable programming through a co-op, National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC). At this time this Co-op is in negotiations with Viacom, who provides service to us and many other small small utilities for the Viacom owned channels below.
 
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CMT Ch. 30 Teen Nick Ch. 106 Nickelodeon HD Ch. 560
TV Land Ch. 31 Nick Jr Ch. 107 MTV HD Ch. 561
Nickelodeon Ch. 49 MTV Jams Ch. 120 VH-1 HD Ch. 562
MTV Ch. 50 MTV2 Ch. 121 CMT HD Ch. 563
VH-1 Ch. 51 MTV Hits Ch. 122 Comedy Central HD Ch. 564
BET Ch. 52 Centric Ch. 123 Spike HD Ch. 565
Spike Ch. 53 VH-1 Classic Ch. 124 TV Land HD Ch. 572
Comedy Central Ch. 64 VH-1 Soul Ch. 125 MTV2 HD Ch. 573
CMT Pure Country Ch. 126
Nick Toons Ch. 127
 
While we do not anticipate losing any channels, it is a possibility that these channels will go black on April 1 until an agreement is reached. We have been a member of this Co-op from the beginning of our entry into the cable business, and, because it allows us to join with other cable companies, their continuing efforts help provide the best channels at the lowest cost available. Due to our size, our efforts to buy from these providers individually would likely make many of the channels on our service cost prohibitive, therefore our best option for high quality programming at the lowest possible cost is to work through NCTC. Please visit this page frequently for the latest news in our on going negotiations or feel free to contact Viacom directly at 1-800-516-4399 and tell them to continue negotiations with NCTC!
 
It is possible to watch these channels directly on your TV if you have a PC or laptop and a television which support HDMI. Check out this video for how you can easilly do this.

 
 
 
March 31, 2014

Now that the biggest basketball game of this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is over, we have an important update about the big battle going on between Viacom and all small cable systems in the United States. The odds are that all of the channels on our cable system which carry Viacom owned programming, may go dark.

In fact, by the time you read this, they might already be gone. Click on this link www.glasgow-ky.com/viacom for a full listing of the channels involved in this confrontation.

The reason why these channels are likely to go dark is very simple. Contrary to their onscreen messages, negotiations are continuing daily. However, we have been unable to negotiate a reasonable deal for a new contract with Viacom, so they are now attempting to drag you into this conversation by interrupting their programming. Viacom is asking for rate increases for these channels that are so staggering they are laughable. On your behalf, we are refusing to pay what they are asking, because we would then have to pass those increases along to you. We are certain that you would find the increases they are asking for totally unacceptable.

This conflict does give us a chance to review a simple fact about the cable television business. Nearly every single channel of programming you purchase from us, must be, in turn, paid for by us. The worst part of this reality is that the technology is in place to allow each customer to only purchase the channels that they are interested in and willing to pay for. We call this “a la carte” programming, and we think our Congress should mandate that programmers must sell their product this way. But, that is not the situation we are in today. Rather, all programmers force us to deliver their basic programming to everyone if we are going to have access to it for anyone. That means we have to pay for the programming for everyone, even though many might not be interested in the programming at all. It is a very greed driven system and it drives up the costs for everyone.

Twenty six of Glasgow EPB's cable channels carry Viacom programming. So, if they go dark, you are very likely to notice, but for many of the channels, there are ways to access the programming online. Please refer to the link www.glasgow-ky.com/viacom/ for information about how this can be done. If the Viacom channels go dark and stay dark such that our cost of programming goes down, we will pass those savings along to you. If we negotiate an acceptable deal with Viacom at the last minute, then this message will have been unnecessary and you won't experience any missing channels.

As they say in the television business, stay tuned for updates!

 
 
February 19, 2014

There is a new link on our website that we hope you have noticed and clicked, www.tvonmyside.com. The Glasgow EPB, along with every other cable company in the country, will be dealing with many issues this year related to cable programming and the outlandish rates many of the programmers will be requesting. Just in case you may have forgotten, or were unaware, over 90% of the channels on the EPB cable service require that we pay a monthly fee for the right to carry their programming. Some programming already carries a rate of more than $5.00 per subscriber/per month, for one channel! Preliminary estimates have suggested that programmers will request increases this year of 100%, or more, for some channels. We purchase the majority of our programming through a cooperative called NCTC. TVOnMySide.com is provided by Glasgow EPB to help educate and inform all cable customers of the ongoing negotiations with these various programmers.

Added to this already confusing mix is the fact that we must negotiate with the broadcast channels (ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.), to carry them on our cable service. These are the same channels that just a few short years ago we received via antenna directly into our homes and who negotiated a wonderful deal so that they use our public airwaves for free. Every three years each cable service across the country must renegotiate with these programmers, and unfortunately 2014 finds all of us in that process again. We currently pay well over $10,000 per month just for these channels. One more thing to remember, all of the money for programming is removed from the Glasgow economy and sent to a corporation whose CEO typically receives multi-million dollar pay packages.

We're going to be talking to you a lot in the coming months, and we want your input as we try to make these difficult and costly decisions. You can always reach us at epb@glasgow-ky.com or on our FB page at Glasgow Electric Plant Board. Or you may contact any of the following local citizens serving on our Programming Committee and who make final recommendations to our Board of Directors relative to all programming matters: Petie McLean, Joe Trigg, Mary Burchett-Bower, Beverly Vance, Karl Napier and Jodi Crane.