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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?


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#2926 OFFLINE   mnassour

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:01 AM

It's painfully obvious that DirecTV considers itself the winner in this one. That does NOT mean our bills won't be going up. But it does mean that Direct basically got the terms it was going for:

1. no required carriage of Epix
2. Viacom content to go
3. a long-term contract

The two statements seem to bear this out. Viacom basically said we're pleased to be back, while DirecTV strutted around, as borne out in the statements quoted above.


(from: http://www.deadline....-nets-restored/ )

Game-set-match: DirecTV, or so it seems this morning.

Y'know....it's kind of funny....all this time Charlie Ergen has been posturing about how he is trying to keep costs down and protect the consumer. But when a really big time dispute blew up, it was DirecTV that dug in its heels and apparently really put a hurt on Viacom.

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#2927 OFFLINE   tonyd79

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:05 AM

Maybe no one knows they are back on....none of the Viacom channels are on What's Hot.
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#2928 OFFLINE   maartena

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:10 AM

Carriage of the EPIX movie channel is not required as part of the new agreement.


Sounds like DirecTV stood their ground on this one and won.
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#2929 OFFLINE   tonyd79

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:12 AM

Sounds like DirecTV stood their ground on this one and won.


I think they stood their ground on most of it and won.

Be nice if Epix comes but they have gotten their terms.
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#2930 OFFLINE   ChicagoBlue

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:12 AM

I'll take a wager on that. 48 hours, tops. Tipping point today. Deal was basically done, Viacom went public with the Epix stuff, DTV called BS. Viacom is getting absolutely obliterated in the ratings right now. OBLITERATED and it is costing them dearly.

48 hours.


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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:14 AM

Sounds like DirecTV stood their ground on this one and won.


To put it mildly. Let's just say more than a few shockwaves in the industry but about 3 or 4 days ago pretty much everyone started to see that Viacom was getting pistol whipped on this. Very shrewd by DTV, very shrewd.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:15 AM

Patting myself on the back!

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#2933 OFFLINE   ChicagoBlue

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:16 AM

It's painfully obvious that DirecTV considers itself the winner in this one. That does NOT mean our bills won't be going up. But it does mean that Direct basically got the terms it was going for:

1. no required carriage of Epix
2. Viacom content to go
3. a long-term contract

The two statements seem to bear this out. Viacom basically said we're pleased to be back, while DirecTV strutted around, as borne out in the statements quoted above.


(from: http://www.deadline....-nets-restored/ )

Game-set-match: DirecTV, or so it seems this morning.

Y'know....it's kind of funny....all this time Charlie Ergen has been posturing about how he is trying to keep costs down and protect the consumer. But when a really big time dispute blew up, it was DirecTV that dug in its heels and apparently really put a hurt on Viacom.


It's not even "so it seems", this was a smack down of EPIX (sic) proportions.

Of course bills will go up, DTV still gave Viacom an increase but not one in the stratosphere like they were asking for.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:18 AM

Patting myself on the back!

:P

Yep, for those subscribers that can tolerate patience, in today's world, this is how things now happen, and it's usually best for the long-term.

Complex negotiations need to come to extreme pain thresholds for people to act. Not always, but it's becoming more the norm.
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#2935 OFFLINE   DodgerKing

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:20 AM

Can I call it or what?

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#2936 OFFLINE   reweiss

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:39 AM

Can I call it or what?

http://www.satellite...tml#post2918349


Very nice prediction.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:42 AM

The real question is when are they going to repeat the all new Futurama we missed!

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:52 AM

Encore is still on.... but for how long?:confused:


Till the 31st. They said it would be on for the month regardless of whether they will come to an agreement.
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#2939 OFFLINE   Pepe Sylvia

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:57 AM

The Android app is weird now. If I browse by date and time, it skips over those numbers. If I browse by channel number, I can see the channels but there is no data. (I'm presuming the latter is because the guide data wasn't being pulled while they were off.)

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:59 AM

The real question is when are they going to repeat the all new Futurama we missed!


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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:00 AM

Tr3s and Centric? I didn't even know they existed...or what they are!


Centric IMO is basically viacoms version of BET

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:00 AM

So all in all I missed the following:

1 Episode of Tosh.0
1 Episode of Workaholics
2 Episodes of Futurama

And guess what? They are all on again within the next couple of days. Just as I thought, I missed nothing. :)
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#2943 OFFLINE   Pepe Sylvia

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:05 AM

Centric IMO is basically viacoms version of BET


It's actually BET 2 basically (I think it used to be BET something, but I don't remember. BET IS a Viacom channel.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:05 AM

I think there should be some petition to show Directv that we subscribers would like to pay more to receive Epix as long as it's all the channels and not just one or two....Don't let it be like Cinemax in the past when they offered just three channels at full price. Do you think this would be a good idea or no?


If you mean stand alone premium, fine. Part of a base package, no.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:06 AM

So all in all I missed the following:

1 Episode of Tosh.0
1 Episode of Workaholics
2 Episodes of Futurama

And guess what? They are all on again within the next couple of days. Just as I thought, I missed nothing. :)


I don't see a repeat for the first Futurama episode missed, Zapp Dingbat.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:06 AM

I wonder how many of the people who left DirecTV because Viacom was dark actually got their new service installed before the dispute was settled. This was much adu about missing 17 channels for 10 days.


Talked to my brother-in-law a few days ago,(Dish Installer) he said that became VERY busy.:lol:

I'll have to talk to him again this weekend and see if they slowed down....

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#2947 OFFLINE   John Strk

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:06 AM

Great! So when can we expect details on how much our base packages are going up? :(
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#2948 OFFLINE   zimm7778

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:07 AM

It's painfully obvious that DirecTV considers itself the winner in this one. That does NOT mean our bills won't be going up. But it does mean that Direct basically got the terms it was going for:

1. no required carriage of Epix
2. Viacom content to go
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The two statements seem to bear this out. Viacom basically said we're pleased to be back, while DirecTV strutted around, as borne out in the statements quoted above.

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Game-set-match: DirecTV, or so it seems this morning.

Y'know....it's kind of funny....all this time Charlie Ergen has been posturing about how he is trying to keep costs down and protect the consumer. But when a really big time dispute blew up, it was DirecTV that dug in its heels and apparently really put a hurt on Viacom.


I think Viacom put a lot of the hurt on themselves with the way they acted.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:08 AM

I don't see a repeat for the first Futurama episode missed, Zapp Dingbat.


Yeah, I thought I did. I got that via Torrent anyways. :lol:
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#2950 ONLINE   RunnerFL

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:09 AM

Great! So when can we expect details on how much our base packages are going up? :(


The usual $5/mo in February.
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