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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. tulanejosh

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    Disney Jr is also a brand new channel. Give it a year and see what their programming looks. Never bet against the mouse.
     
  2. mnassour

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    :lol:

    All kidding aside, that really bears repeating. That company has a long track record of taking crap and turning it into flowers.
     
  3. susanandmark

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    Show me where I said that? In fact, I specifically said that was NOT what I was saying, when DirecTV fanboys tried to portray it as such. I have simply noted, over and over, that DirecTV (and Viacom) shouldn't use end-users as pawns in their (should be private) negotiations. That these shenanigans--the PR campaigns, public sniping and blacking out of channels--are childish and consumer unfriendly and do NOTHING to "help" customers, despite their claims. That the only loser in these negotiations are the consumers.
     
  4. tulanejosh

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    They specialize in kids. That's like 90% of their entire business model. Kids. Channels, programming, theme parks, toys, movies. Kids. Kids. Kids. I have no doubt that Disney Jr will be a major player in children's programming. Even when (not if) Nick comes back.
     
  5. Mark Holtz

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    Your $3 per day assumes that one watches television each and every day. I don't watch television every day and, in fact, several days could go by between the times I watch a show.

    I could just do Redbox rentals. That's $1-$1.50 per rental, and assuming that's one rental per day, thats $30-$45.

    I could elect to pay $14.95 to play World of Warcraft online. That's about 50 cents per day.

    I could just go with the local television signal. Thats nothing per day.

    I can also borrow books or videos from friends or coworkers. Thats nothing per day.

    Point is, there are viable substitutes available. Pay television is a "nice to have", not an "essential need". I am about to go back to college to get some certifications to advance my career, and that is a higher priority than DirecTV.
     
  6. Ira Lacher

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    I disagree for one main reason: Satellite is not constrained by the physical attachments of provider to consumer. The lack of a cable needed to provide programming to customers will remain a huge cost advantage over a cable service, which has an infrastructure to maintain and improve to keep up with the latest developments in transmission technology, e.g. fiber-optics.
     
  7. Ira Lacher

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    The only situation with that, Zimm, is that when a small business makes a 6.2 percent profit it's hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars. When an oil company makes 6.2 percent profit, it's billions of dollars.
     
  8. zimm7778

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    So? Percentage is percentage. Of course those profits are going to be that much with that percentage because they are big enough to do it. But it also takes millions to invest back in the company to continue to make that profit and stay in business. I'm so sick of listening to people complain about oil companies and for that matter any corporation who didn't nearly cause the economic collapse in 2008. Most are run well, employ hundreds or thousands of people, and probably millions have stock or is part of a mutual fund in their retirement accounts. Hurting those corporations hurts those people who have an interest most of which are the middle class. Many with an agenda don't seem to realize this or rather just turn a blind eye to it. And again, their profit is all of 6.2%....114th in industry ranking.

    Now, I draw the line at off shoring. Sending jobs overseas may temporarily help the bottom line but IMO it hurts us all in the long run which I wrote a paper for a class on.

    Soap box over. Back to Directv-Viacom. At least for me.
     
  9. seltech

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    Ugh, my daughter wanted to watch some Spongebob. I figured not a big deal we keep 10 recordings of that particular series. Only to find all 10 recordings are nothing but that DTV banner for 30 minutes each. I checked other viacom channels which I record series on, and sure enough, its been recording the DTV banner ad while the channels are down. :nono2:
     
  10. rlj1010

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    To make up for the SpongeBob SquarePants void, I went to Amazon and ordered SpongeBob: The First 100 Episodes DVD box set. 14 discs. and only $33. That should keep the kids busy!
     
  11. seltech

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    Oh! thanks for the heads up, will definitely order that!
     
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    If I was DirecTV, I would put a realistic "take it or leave it" offer on the table today. One that is somewhere in the middle of their current differences, and the maximum that DirecTV is willing to pay and/or carry, and call it a day.

    Put the ball in Viacom's court, and let them decide if they want to accept the offer, or pull the channels forever.

    I will remain a DirecTV customer either way.
     
  15. snappjay

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    I do not have a problem with data caps... there's no free lunch, as they say.

    What pisses me off is when their own in house half-assed netflix doesn't count against the data cap.
     
  16. maartena

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    Yeah... the thing about the 10 recordings.... I have several series with lots of repeats set like that, and it will start throwing away the oldest one and record a new one in its place to keep at a maximum of 10.

    If Spongebob has been on at least 10 times last week, you will have a lot of DirecTV logos indeed. :D
     
  17. snappjay

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    We've been stocking up on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Doc McStuffins... just in case Disney and DTV want to go round and round
     
  18. BattleScott

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    I'd like to know where the 10% figure is coming from?
    DirecTV earns well above 10% and it has been trending up over the last several years.

    You continually berate the customers here for "bitching and whining" about our real increases every year, then you come on here and continually bitch and moan about the imaginary "margin squeeze" that DirecTV is suffering.
     
  19. tulanejosh

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    Forever is a big word. Nothing is forever. Except death. Unless you are hindi.
     
  20. dxtrfn80

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    SpongeBob airs 10 times in one day.
     

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