If these channels are pulled, even for a day, I am dropping Directv. We are a Nick household.
Directv already pissed me off, with the Sunbeam television dispute earlier this year. (We lost our FOX station for a week, during NFL playoffs, and lost Idol.)
I did not appreciate being used as 'leverage'.
I will not stand for it again.
(And also annoyed that Directv has made zero effort to add Disney Junior to the lineup.)
If you're upset about being used a leverage and you swtich companies then you're proving to the content providers that it works. Neither company wants to turn off the stations but it's the trump card the content providers can call. It starts costing the companies that distribute the content money from having to have extra staff, deal with customer's calling in, having customer's threaten to leave, having customer's actually leave, add subs go down due to people holding off ordering, and other cost factors.
I don't give a flying F who's responsible for these disputes.... The bottom line is, these things need to be negotiated behind the scenes well in advance, and not at the last second in this manner. If you want to stand behind Directv during this stalemate, go right ahead. I am not.
These have been being negotiated for a long time behind closed doors. It's already been reported that the official contract ended on 6/30 but had been extended. This only happens when both companies are happy with how things are going and feel that they are close to a deal. This last minute issue is for whatever reason Viacom feels they can do this to press whatever issue they're holding up.
My advice to you is if you switch companies I wouldn't get too comfortable with them because this is becoming the SOP of the big players. They're going to force channels to go dark to get their concessions. So good luck in whatever you choose.