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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. Jul 10, 2012 #401 of 3058
    sweep49

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    Drop them DTV! Don't give in to 30% extortion.
     
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    Pepe Sylvia

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    Again, I agree with that. That's why I put "care" in quotes. It's a business decision, not an emotional one. Don't speak to me emotionally. Watching that Mike White video makes me want to knock that toupee off his smug face.
     
  3. Jul 10, 2012 #403 of 3058
    zimm7778

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    Ok. Had no idea any of them offered anything like that. Then I would assume no it won't work because they will no longer have an agreement.
     
  4. Jul 10, 2012 #404 of 3058
    RunnerFL

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    It's a thankless job, especially here in South Florida.
     
  5. Jul 10, 2012 #405 of 3058
    zimm7778

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    My wife is one. It's thankless from coast to coast in this state.
     
  6. Jul 10, 2012 #406 of 3058
    Pepe Sylvia

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    Again, I'm not saying that Directv should just give into whatever Viacom demands. It's a negotiation, so negotiate. I don't like being used by both sides against the other.

    The funny thing is, as always the case, when they finally get this resolved they will both claim victory. What, I guess neither side gave in?
     
  7. Jul 10, 2012 #407 of 3058
    Alan Gordon

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    While they've obviously had several regime changes since then, I can remember a time when I rarely had a price increase from DirecTV, and when those price increases came, it usually was around the same time they added a ton of channels. Granted, one might not find those channels to be worth the increase, but it still softened the blow.

    DirecTV pretty much started going to a yearly increase around the same time that these groups started trying to raise their fees, and all providers started experiencing these constant standoffs and the like.

    One might say that these groups have invested heavily in more original programming which raises their costs as well, yet a good majority of these channels are full of reality crap that costs them less money than some of the syndicated programming they were airing before, and of the original scripted programming which is more expensive to make, these networks have experienced ratings improvements that have no doubt increased their ad revenue to go along with it.

    BTW, if DirecTV is interested, I'll create my own reality shows for only a quarter of the price Viacom is asking for ONE of their channels a year by using a bunch of crazy people I pick up off the street! :)

    ~Alan
     
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    android.cphone

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    2 hours to go
     
  9. Jul 10, 2012 #409 of 3058
    snappjay

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    It will be 11:59 EST before we hear anything :lol:
     
  10. Jul 10, 2012 #410 of 3058
    android.cphone

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    Hate to be a direct tv telephone rep later on tonight and tomorrow if these channels go dark
     
  11. Jul 10, 2012 #411 of 3058
    Juggernaut

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    So sick of these disputes, the consumer loses one way or the other. Thank you D* for putting up a fight to keep our costs down.
     
  12. Jul 10, 2012 #412 of 3058
    Alan Gordon

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    Don't hate the player... hate the game... LOL!!

    I understand, but I do feel that one party is in a group that likes to do this sort of thing, and as long as they feel this course of action holds power, they will continue to use it to get what they want.

    Negotiations are often a case of compromise. When done right, both sides should be able to claim victory... and both side will have given in some.

    ~Alan
     
  13. Jul 10, 2012 #413 of 3058
    tonyd79

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    But for most viewers, it is emotional. Just go look at tweets or Facebook comments.

    I now understand what you are suing but I don't find their stuff very emotional at all. It looks like pretty straight forward PR to me.

    Meanwhile, Viacom is making posters and cajoling children to get their parents to call directv. Maybe it is just in that comparison I see directv being professional.
     
  14. Jul 10, 2012 #414 of 3058
    tonyd79

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    I'm sure it would be at least as good as Jersey Shore without seeing any of it.
     
  15. Jul 10, 2012 #415 of 3058
    Davenlr

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    Remember free TV? You know, the three channels, and maybe an independent if the city was big enough... Somehow they didnt charge a thing, came up with original programming we are still paying to watch reruns of, and were entirely ad supported.

    Then HBO came with the subscription, but no commercials. Suddenly, all these programmers decided to extort money from both advertisers AND the very people they are in business to entertain. Its like going to a concert, and having the artist stop the concert every couple of songs to pass the hat for more money (oh yea, like church).

    We need to get back to basics. Pay a provider to provide, let the programmer get their money from the advertisers. If the show is good, the ad dollars will follow (Super Bowl comes to mind).

    There is really not enough programming I enjoy anymore to warrant the ever expanding costs.
     
  16. Jul 10, 2012 #416 of 3058
    android.cphone

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    , Viacom sent a letter to our executives forcing us to take the channels away at 9:00pm PST July 10/12:00am EST July 11,
     
  17. Jul 10, 2012 #417 of 3058
    tonyd79

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    BTW, directv has said they have offered an increase. Jut not 30%. Both sides just need to get the right number.
     
  18. Jul 10, 2012 #418 of 3058
    Pepe Sylvia

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    At this point, it's a certainty they will go dark IMO. The question is for how long?
     
  19. Jul 10, 2012 #419 of 3058
    Starchild

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    Agree completely.
     
  20. Jul 10, 2012 #420 of 3058
    zimm7778

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    True. Not their fault either way. Maybe they'll ship all those calls to India for "Bud" and "Mary" to deal with.
     

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