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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by danpeters, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. Jul 9, 2012 #1 of 3058
    danpeters

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    So, I was just flipping through channels and when I stopped on Nick, I happened to see a crawl at the bottom of the screen.

    It states:

    Attention DirecTV Customers - Call 1-800-531-5000 Now!
    Tomorrow Night, DirecTV will drop this and 25 other channels.
    You will lose Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, VH1, Spike, TV Land and many more. You can stop them! Call now and demand that DirecTV keep these channels on the air. You must be at least 18 years old to call.

    This is the first I've heard about any DirecTV/Viacom dispute and haven't seen the crawl on any other Viacom channels. Also, I would assume that the crawl would have started running prior to the night before.

    Any one have any information on this?

    Dan
     
  2. Jul 9, 2012 #2 of 3058
    jcrout

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    Dan, the only thing I'm finding on the 'net is Viacom's blog slamming DirecTV for dropping these channels. Common sense tells me since Viacom is the one running the info on the blog as well as the screen call, this is a last-ditch effort to get the pressure on DirecTV to meet their demands for pricing, particularly with their claim that they comprise 20% of DirecTV's viewing. My gut instinct tells me that DirecTV likely serves more than 20% of Viacom's customers, though, so I don't know how this will play out.

    Over/under on stations going away? I'm gonna take about 3 days. :)
     
  3. Jul 9, 2012 #3 of 3058
    smitmor

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    wahooq

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    BOOM>...the first volley
     
  5. Jul 9, 2012 #5 of 3058
    danpeters

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    Now there is a DirecTV-inserted crawl on Nick that says:

    "It's unlikely but Viacom could suspend this channel on July 11. Please see DIRECTVpromise.com. Viacom, who owns this channels, wants you to pay 30% more ($1 billion extra) to get the same networks without any choice."
     
  6. Jul 9, 2012 #6 of 3058
    smitmor

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    I kind of get the feeling DirecTV got blindsided by Viacom on this one.
     
  7. Jul 9, 2012 #7 of 3058
    cjrleimer

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    I think someone has some explaining to do as to why there was no notice on this. This is inexcusable by both sides.
     
  8. Jul 9, 2012 #8 of 3058
    danpeters

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    That's likely have since they don't even have anything up on directvpromise.com yet regarding this.
     
  9. Jul 9, 2012 #9 of 3058
    Bmayes04

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    This! Usually Dtv is good about getting info out. If true, this puts a huge hit on my confidence in them for lack of communication.
     
  10. Jul 9, 2012 #10 of 3058
    Davenlr

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    And Viacom failed to note the fate of AMC's suite of channels with DISH. I really wondered how long the providers were going to keep caving. Adios Viacom. PS...Play music on MTV some time.
     
  11. Jul 9, 2012 #11 of 3058
    loudo

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    It is like a war going on, with the banners from both sides and the commercials about DirecTV shutting everything off. There is so much on the screen, it is hard to see the shows.
     
  12. Jul 9, 2012 #12 of 3058
    cjrleimer

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    I agree, and my sister watches Nick religiously. I am going to call them and ask where was the communication? I mean this is unprofessional at its best.
     
  13. Jul 9, 2012 #13 of 3058
    smitmor

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    Before the night is over there will probably be a permanent Viacom banner at the bottom of the channel & a DirecTV banner running simultaneously at the top.
     
  14. Jul 9, 2012 #14 of 3058
    loudo

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    The DirecTV one is under the Viacom one, covering about a quarter of the screen,when both are on.
     
  15. Jul 9, 2012 #15 of 3058
    cjrleimer

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    Jacob Braun

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    One thing though...DirecTV is fantastic with negotiations. You usually never even know when they're going on, unlike Dish Network which yanks channels all the time and for extended periods (FX was six months, YES, SNY, MSG have been gone for...two years?). The Tribune dispute lasted a week before they came back online.
     
  17. Jul 10, 2012 #17 of 3058
    cjrleimer

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    If I didnt have two more months to fullfil, I would be bolting, but since I do well I may just suspend service possibly, and temporarily go to charter.
     
  18. Jul 10, 2012 #18 of 3058
    TheRatPatrol

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    If D* does keep these channels, they better be offered and get every available HD feed Viacom has.
     
  19. Jul 10, 2012 #19 of 3058
    Bmayes04

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    According to DTV rep I spoke with in the phone, they were in fact blindsided by the Viacom scroll, and threats to pull channels. Just more positioning in contract negotiations. She also said the directv promise site would be updated soon.
     
  20. Jul 10, 2012 #20 of 3058
    smitmor

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    These dueling banners are like he-said-she-said.
     

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