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Millions of cable customers might lose WWE programming in a few days

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WWE / USA Network

According to multiple reports, Spectrum's (formerly Charter and Time Warner Cable) deal with NBC Universal is set to expire on January 1st. If a new deal is not reached then all NBC Universal channels will be pulled. That would include NBC, MSNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, USA Network, and E!. This would mean that Raw, Smackdown Live, Total Divas and Total Bellas would not be made available to Charter customers.

NBCUniversal has been airing commercials asking customers to put pressure on Spectrum. The negotiations ae said to be stalled and I can imagine that there will be millions of upset customers that will not be able to watch this weekend's "Sunday Night Football" game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions.

This is not the first time we've heard of negotiations going down to the wire and typically a deal gets worked out at the last minute or, at the very worst, customers lose out on a block of channels for a week or two. NBC Universal is apparently asking for more rights fees from Spectrum for their new deal.

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If the blackout happens, there are other ways to watch Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. If you don't want to switch to another cable/satellite provider, then you can also check out Sling TV or Playstation Vue's TV streaming service. Also, edited versions of Raw and Smackdown Live air on Hulu a day or so after the initial airing.

As you can see below, the NBC Universal ad features WWE and they are urging customers to contact Spectrum.