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Discussion in 'Archive' started by Chris Blount, Mar 14, 2004.
Who do you think won the Dish/Viacom dispute?
I think they both took a hit on this one. That said...I still side with Charlie.
I think Viacom won because they got more out of the deal: Nicktoons, and tearing up the separate contracts on CMT, Spike, and TVLand.
But Charlie did get the rate increase that he felt was fair. So for money's sake I guess that's a big win there.
It was never released as to whether Viacom's CBS stations were separated from the contract, but that was something Charlie wanted as well...
Viacom still blows for getting away for that bad pr against dish. They definitely should be having to do some promos for dish to make up for that bs...
Neither side wins. Both sides played dirty during this dispute. Viacom had the crawls and the vicious ads, and already had negative PR. Dish Network will face a increased churn rate during this and next quarter that will be attibuted to this dispute.
Viacom won in that they didn't lose ANY critical issues that they demanded.
E* lost the ability to reject NickToons, the ability to keep CMT and Spike separate, the ability to renegotiate CBS separate, AND they had to tear up their antitrust lawsuit that had "merit".
Viacom only had to give up the DBS premium. They got everything else they wanted (and E* got most of the heat for the signals going dark). Let the pillaging continue....
If DISH got ANYTHING better than the deal that tehy were offered before the shutdown they won. The problem is that have no idea if they did.