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Univision wants Charter to abide by previous agreement

A dispute between Univision and Charter Communications has disrupted Spanish-language programming on stations owned and operated by Univision for Charter cable subscribers in Dallas and other major markets. Univision ended its transmission of programming to Charter because Charter began paying the content provider a rate determined by its contract with Time Warner Cable, which it merged with in 2016. The Time Warner contract paid Univision a lower rate than Univision's contract directly with Charter.

Representatives for Univision insist that Charter should pay according to its existing contract with the company and not apply the pricing negotiated separately through Time Warner before its merger with Charter. Univision also maintains that Charter should not apply its new power as the country's second-largest cable television provider to reduce access to content that is linguistically and culturally appropriate for many of its customers.

A statement from Univision highlighted Charter's obligation to maintain culturally diverse programming. Univision considers its dispute to be part of an ongoing battle for media space for minority views and opinions during politically contentious times.

This public disagreement between large media companies highlights the complexities that can emerge during contract disputes. A company that has reached such an impasse might want to have the support of an attorney. The terms of the contract could be examined by an attorney, who might suggest how to restart negotiations for a solution or seek redress by filing a breach of contract lawsuit and taking the matter to court.

Source: Variety, "Univision Stations Go Dark on Charter Communications in New York, L.A., Other Big Markets", Cynthia Littleton, Jan. 31, 2017

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