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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. maartena

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    And they better. Seeing the business that they are in, a loose piece of space junk could really, really ruin their day. If they were to lose an entire satellite (eg. an important one such as D10/11 or 12) due to whatever reason, they do have options. They can lease space from a commercial satellite operator, such as Intelsat, and at least keep the company going without customers fleeing because they lost half their HD lineup or something. For a PREMIUM, STEEP price of course.

    After that, they would have to accelerate the next planned satellite, if even possible as they will probably have to keep their launch window.

    In any case, this kind of disaster scenario requires a LOT of money, so having a relatively good bank account is imperative to any company.

    Compare it to your own income. If you have anything left at the end of the month, those are "profits" that you can either choose to spend anyways, or put into savings. When you lose your job or have a major issue in your left that costs money, those who opted to put it into savings will have a lot easier time surviving.
     
  2. fleckrj

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    Which is why I said that penetration of high speed internet, especially in rural areas, is not going to replace DirecTV (or Dish) any time soon. I can get 4G on my Verison Droid Razr only on the second floor of my house. On the first floor and in the basement, I can only get 3G, yet I live in a metropolitan area that actually has excellent 4G coverage. It is just that 4G deteriorates very rapidly as one moves away from the tower or into a building.

    Along the interstate highways I expect the 4G signal is good, but in rural areas, if you get very far from the highways, there is no signal.

    Satellite delivery of TV and internet will be around for a long time.
     
  3. Richard

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    You people with multiple provider choices need to get over yourselves.

    DBS (DirecTV/USSB/DISH) in general was originally meant to get cable like services to those who had no other way to get it. And in most cases, it is still the only way to get it.

    DirecTV/DISH aren't going anywhere.
     
  4. maartena

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    I don't know exactly when, but I don't think the Disney contract is up till some time in 2013.
     
  5. BattleScott

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    Actually, not really:

    HD - $10 extra
    MRV - $3 extra, plus purchase HW
    Features - interactive increased leased fee $1 (20%)
    More locals - OK but we both know that hey had no choice there.
    Channels - counting those that I've lost to the "plus" and "HD extra" packages, I now have fewer than I did before, except for shopping and other pay to play channels.
     
  6. Mark Holtz

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    Lets see here.... 9 AM-11 AM and 4 PM-6 PM..... yup, that's eight times.

    Of course, since the show has been airing since May, 1999, we are talking about 186 episodes here....
     
  7. BattleScott

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    +1. no idea how it pertains to the context of my post, but +1...
     
  8. gregftlaud

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    Yah i have a roku player and netflix streaming i think the first 5 seasons are free.
     
  9. Mariah2014

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    Somewhere...
    Based on the responses in the Directv twitter feed it is starting to sound like we may be getting them back very soon and it may just be down to hours and not days tell they return.
     
  10. Carl Spock

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    There is a difference between negotiations and the game of chicken you want to play. The perfect end to a negotiation is when both sides to win. If you win only by making the other side lose, you've got a bad business partner. And after signing a new agreement, these two companies will be partners for years. Winning now at the expense of fighting over every issue that will come up over the life of the contract is totally a short term attitude.

    DirecTV has to give Viacom a win at the end, just like Viacom has to let DirecTV win, too.

    Plus it is way too early for a "take it or leave it" offer. It's been only a week since the channels were pulled off the air. There is still plenty of time for movement on both sides.
     
  11. fleckrj

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    Typos not withstanding, this is the best post in this thread so far!
     
  12. Carl Spock

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    Thanks for the complement, fleckrj. :)

    Still looking for the typos, though. ;)

    EDIT -- Found one! :D And knowing me, I'm sure there are more. :grin:
     
  13. David Ortiz

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    compliment :D
     
  14. Carl Spock

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    :hurah:
     
  15. renbutler

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    That doesn't make any sense. A small business has only a few people to spread those thousands of dollars among, and the oil industry has tens of thousands of people to spread those billions among.

    So, who gets to decide how many dollars of profit are reasonable for DirecTV? You? The government?

    And let's try to keep the answer on topic so that we don't keep straying dangerously close to politics...
     
  16. maartena

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    You are right. A bad relationship is never good.... for either party.

    Although looking at the mud that has been slung at each-other through Twitter and Facebook and other means, the relationship seems quite sour at this particular moment in time. :D
     
  17. tonyd79

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    You got me. I was looking for that word in his original post, not the follow up!:D
     
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    I want to put in my 2 cents to support Cartoon Network. For those that like SpongeBob, try Adventure Time or Regular Show. MAD and Amazing World of Gumball are also really cool and funny.

    Cartoon Network is relevant again for kids (and adults) TV, and my kids and I watch it a lot more than Nick nowadays. The only thing I would miss on Nick is The Legend of Korra, which won't have any new episodes till 2013.
     
  19. Carl Spock

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    Don't worry, Tony. There are often a full complement of typos in my posts.
     
  20. Mariah2014

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    Somewhere...
    http://www.facebook.com/directv
    According to today's update, posted less than a hour ago, they are inching closer to a deal and would love to allow everyone to watch their favorite programs, but they still don't have a deal yet.
     

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