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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. xmguy

    xmguy New Member

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    Just my thoughts exactly. Missed it last week. Wonder if most of the Powerblock shows will be new?
     
  2. Paul Secic

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    Yes.
     
  3. ibooksrule

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    Its not a premium on Dish its part of the HD package. Should be the same with Directv.
     
  4. inkahauts

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    S you think everyone's bills should go up another $2 a month for those channels?

    They belong in a premium tier so those that want them can have them and pay for them themselves, IMHO. Makes no sense to force these channels at the rates they want on everyone. Overall rates are high enough without needing to pile on.
     
  5. lparsons21

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    Ibooks.. mispoke a bit. On Dish it is either available for $7/month as an a la carte` pick, or included in the $10/month BB@Home which is similar to the HD Extra Pack that D* has.

    And that is the way that D* should offer it imo.
     
  6. speedy4022

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    Epix if it is added needs to be in the hd extra pak like hdnet movies.
     
  7. ibooksrule

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    Epix also shows allot more variety. They show many older movies that you dont see on the other movie channels. I use to like the channel when i was on Dish and they seemed to show more variety. Its no extra on Dish i think Directv should not charge extra either.
     
  8. ibooksrule

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    Must have changed because we got EPIX and didnt get some extra pack.
     
  9. inkahauts

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    So DIRECTV should not charge for something that Viacom wants $500 million a year for? Really?

    I can see maybe putting it in the extra pack, but then I'd expect the extra pack price to increase a little bit. It wouldn't need to increase a lot, because simply having more people sub to the pack would help pay for the channel, but I'd bet a 1 to 3 dollar increase if they did that.

    I doubt its coming though, I think viacom wants a flat rate for it and DIRECTV is never going to go that route.
     
  10. Odys

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    Then you are missing some of the best tv in many years. Movies can be found anywhere, the series on HBO, Showtime and AMC are far more worth the price than mere movies.
     
  11. tonyd79

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    You must be talking about Epix Drive In or Epix 3. Epix and Epix 2 pretty much concentrate on more recent blockbusters (last 20 years with a big emphasis on newer movies). I have them on Fios. No assurance that even if DirecTV adds Epix they will do all four.

    However, as I said before, Epix has a huge library of older movies (lots of them B flicks) available streaming or On Demand. Pretty sure that is what they populate Drive In with.

    I still say it is more like HBO/Cinemax than like TCM or Fox Movie Channel, which are truly basic.

    Epix is a premium on fios as well. $10 a month or in their top level package. Just like HBO, etc., on DirecTV.
     
  12. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Currently one EPIX channel is available in AT250 (Epix Drive-In) and the others are available either a la carte for $7 or as part of Blockbuster@Home for $10 (the better deal being Blockbuster@Home as the extra $3 provides several other channels).

    It is a decent package. If DirecTV decides to offer the channels it could provide a boost to their HD Extra package or as an a la carte. It takes up the same space on the satellites regardless of how many people can view it, so providing it it as many subscribers as possible at a decent price makes sense.
     
  13. tonyd79

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    A flat rate is what Viacom asked for. In the final deal, they could have made it an option with a flat rate or an option with a per sub rate. Nothing has reported that yet.

    As for the HD pack increasing, just stop offering repeated 3 month free access and that will take care of it. ;)
     
  14. TBoneit

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    My point was I'm, not paying for series when I can get ones that I like on the networks, USA, SciFi, TNT etc. As it is between the free movie channels, and non pay channel serials there is more content than I have time to watch. Why Pay more.

    Whee Warehouse 13 next Monday!
     
  15. tonyd79

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    Because some of the series blow away other ones and they are all commercial free.

    Game of Thrones is one of the best endeavors ever taken on by an American TV channel, for example. If it were on USA, SyFy, TNT, etc., it would be butchered and probably not even done (heck, it wasn't).

    Besides, you do not get TNT, USA, Syfy, etc., free. You pay for them. Same with Warehouse 13 (a pretty damned good show but still not in the class of GoT).

    Now if you said "ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, PBS, CW, etc., you have an argument about paying.
     
  16. ibooksrule

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    maybe epix is not the channel im thinking of then. There were 2 that were allot of classic movies 90s and before. Not B movies but blockbusters from 70s and 80s and such. I thought it was epix but maybe im wrong.
     
  17. tonyd79

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    Was it in HD? Could have been one of the Plex channels.

    Directv is supposed to get them soon.
     
  18. ibooksrule

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    thats it. It was retroplex. I did watch epix too but it was retro plex im thinking of that showed lots of movies from 80s and 70s and such.
    That would be great to see on Directv
     
  19. PrinceLH

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    Didn't miss Viacom one bit!
     

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