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Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by sliderbob, Jul 11, 2012.
We should combine both threads -- that should be entertaining.
I'll go pop some popcorn.
TechTV is gone forever. I loved it because was educational. G4 is JUNK!!
Saw this article in yesterday's WSJ online... it's subscriber access only though, so here are some excerpts:
"Several cable-TV operators have come out publicly supporting their satellite-TV rival DirecTV during its program-fee dispute with Viacom Inc., adding that they don't intend to ramp up marketing to capitalize on the situation."
"In the past, some cable and satellite systems have swooped in to grab competitors' disgruntled customers during such blackouts--but those efforts are less common nowadays, executives say. It seems the pay-TV industry has more to gain from resisting price increases than from exploiting the troubles of a besieged rival distributor."
"Consumers are tired of these disputes and so are we," said Time Warner Cable in a statement Tuesday morning said. "We will continue to stand up for consumers against programmers' outrageously large price increases that serve no purpose other than to line network pockets at our customers' expense."
"Viacom's channels were pulled off DirecTV systems just before midnight last Tuesday after the two sides failed to agree on program fee increases. DirecTV says Viacom wants a 30% increase whereas Viacom says it is looking for a fair deal to replace a seven-year old agreement."
"DirecTV says it has seen some subscriber losses since the dispute, but so far the numbers are "very low." A spokesman added, "for the first time ever, we are seeing a huge number of our customers actually voicing support for us in our goal to keep programming costs as low as possible."
and my favorite: "The dispute is hurting Viacom ratings. With the whole swath of DirecTV viewers cut off, the average number of people watching Nickelodeon since last Wednesday has fallen by more than 20%, according to Nielsen."
Looks like they came to some deal and the customers got their channels back this morning.
$600 Million a year according to Businessweek:
Guess the thread title needs changed.
Yes it needs to say Viacom and DirecTV settle,DirecTV gets the Viacom channels back,Viacom gets a multiyear 20% increase.:eek2::ramblinon
goodness for DirecTV! they never give up, and they option to add EPIX! and don't expect that!
Must be nice for them. Too bad we still don't have AMC.
that why this topic was just dum to start with! DirecTV has a track record settling disputes, Dish don't!
This is not a Dish vs DirecTV thread.
It doesn't sound like they settled - it sounds like they caved - 20% increase - WOW!
20% over 7 years isn't that bad.
But it's over seven years, and DIRECTV® is said to have gained other concessions such as iPad authorization. Hard to assess unless one has a lot more info than any of us has access to.
Not considering the last deal was 7 years ago. How much has the cost of living gone up in the last 7 years?
And that's why I have......DISH!!.
A good contract should have a regular escalator clause in it ... not a large jump when it comes time for negotiation. Write it as a 2.6% increase per year effective July 1st of each year and 7 years from now one is paying 19.6% more.
The reports of 500m last year vs 600m this year reflects a jump, not an escalator. If there wasn't already an escalator in the contract it would explain the largeness of the jump. If there was an escalator then that makes the reported jump even larger (compared to 7 years ago).
A good escalator helps take the edge off of renegotiating at the end of the contract.
Sorry, guess I missed when it was published that this was a 20% increase now and not spread over 7 years.