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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?


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#2861 OFFLINE   kevinturcotte

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:16 PM

It looks like the Twitter activity has picked up slightly this evening from both sides. DirecTV has been retweeting supporters saying that they aren't switching, and Viacom is encouraging people to switch and are retweeting DirecTV-bashing tweets.

I guess they both just needed a little break..


Yeah, switch to Dish. Then next year when you're in the middle of a 2 year contract and they pull this same thing with Dish, they gonna tell you to switch again, and incur the ETF? lol Switching solves NOTHING! It's just a temporary fix to a probably temporary problem.

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#2862 OFFLINE   RunnerFL

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:22 PM

Viacom claimed that they have tried to do certain things to get them to accept EPIX.


AKA Force it on them.

I wish DTV would address this in detail so we would know one way or another.


They did when they said Viacom is trying to make them take EPIX for $500 million.

Is it the price? The channel itself? Do they just not want it?


Based on the tone of their statement I'd say it's the price. They want to get the 17 channels back now and negotiate EPIX later.

If Viacom's take is accurate, then what the hell is the problem with the channel besides the price that DTV is seeing here?


I don't think the channel is the problem but on the off chance that it is maybe DirecTV sees no value in yet another movie channel.

Of course, until DTV responds to this (which I'm surprised they haven't yet given that the two sides haven't stopped taking pot shots at each other since this began...as if the insults and calls to switch help move things along), we will be left with a very important question needing a clear answer that's being completely ignored.


Again, they did respond when they made their statement about Viacom asking to include EPIX for $500 million.
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#2863 OFFLINE   tulanejosh

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:23 PM

It looks like the Twitter activity has picked up slightly this evening from both sides. DirecTV has been retweeting supporters saying that they aren't switching, and Viacom is encouraging people to switch and are retweeting DirecTV-bashing tweets.

I guess they both just needed a little break..


not anything like it was yesterday. as long as that continues, it should be seen as positive. even if they are still far apart from a deal, removing the sniping removes an impediment from the deal.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:24 PM

I though Epix had been offered to Directv in different ways just not bundled and they were rejecting those options also.They just dont want Epix at all.Thats whats being said on the boards here.


Viacom says they made offers both with and without EPIX. They didn't say anything about how it may or may not be bundled.
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#2865 OFFLINE   danpeters

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:25 PM

The -1channels are gone


Think they have been gone for a day or two now. Probably just had them set for a week or something.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:26 PM

I hear you unless you are sitting there at the table making the deal your self you cant say one way or the other what is really happening.


Neither can you.
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:29 PM

The -1channels are gone


They have been gone at least 24 hours now.
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:33 PM

Neither can you.


He didn't say he could, unlike another poster who insinuated that he knew what was going on.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:45 PM

Looks like a deal is just around the corner.

http://www.directvpr.../?lpos=footer#9

Just last night, Viacom made a proposal for the return of the 17 channels they dropped from DIRECTV. Earlier this morning, we accepted all material terms for those channels including an increase that was more than fair. We are ready to sign that deal immediately.


Just the EPIX thing is holding it up.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:46 PM

When EPIX was coming out DIRECTV's CEO publicly stated there was no plans of having that channel. It was the last public statement made about EPIX, by DIRECTV, until this negotiation went public.


The perfect example of what is wrong with DIRECTV (and many more companies) they do ask the entire customer base if they want this new channel, they just decide on their own and prove they do not care what the customer wants.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:06 PM

The perfect example of what is wrong with DIRECTV (and many more companies) they do ask the entire customer base if they want this new channel, they just decide on their own and prove they do not care what the customer wants.


viacom does not want it on it's own they want as part of a basic pack.
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:09 PM

Personally, when this thing started, I could honestly care less what happened. But after seeing what Viacom is doing and realizing the three-way tug-of-war going on between the providers, distributors and us (the consumers), I honestly hope DirecTV just walks away.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:15 PM

Seems like the typical dance as with any challenging negotiation, with each side rattling swords as expected. I'd guess that a deal will be struck fairly soon, especially since it appears they're making some progress.

As with most things, I'm sure this is a very big deal to some diehards who's major preference is the Viacom channels, while probably most people will enjoy the summer until they work this out.
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#2874 OFFLINE   danpeters

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:17 PM

Just 20-25 minutes ago:

Viacom: @JDPurtz We are continuing to work towards a deal w/ @DIRECTV.
Retweeted by DIRECTV

DIRECTV‏: We ask for your patience as we continue to reach closer to a fair agreement that will restore the Viacom channels. #DIRECTVHasMyBack

Well, DirecTV actually retweeted a Viacom tweet and both companies seem to be on the same page now about being close to a deal. That has to be somewhat promising.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:19 PM

Personally, when this thing started, I could honestly care less what happened. But after seeing what Viacom is doing and realizing the three-way tug-of-war going on between the providers, distributors and us (the consumers), I honestly hope DirecTV just walks away.

Funny you say that, I somewhat feel the same way, but I also think they'll figure this out, and hope that they do for those that really enjoy the Viacom channels.

To me, the DirecTV messaging, whether you believe the facts as presented or not, has been professional, while the Viacom messaging just seems over-the-top nasty and sleazy.
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:20 PM

DirecTV actually retweeted a Viacom tweet

Almost like friends. This is much better than the snipping.

I have to agree - we may actually get a deal soon.
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:21 PM

most people will enjoy the summer until they work this out.


Where i live - summer is the worst time of year. way too hot. Bring on the fall - football, fall tv, cooler weather. I can deal with a little viacom hiatus for a bit, but if D* ever lost ST... I'd probably need to seek therapy.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:23 PM

Almost like friends. This is much better than the snipping.

I have to agree - we may actually get a deal soon.


Festivus? For returning channels and maybe Epix?
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:24 PM

Festivus? For returning channels and maybe Epix?


Yes. I'll bring the Blue Moon.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:29 PM

It really makes me wonder how much different this would have been, say, 5 years when Twitter didn't exist. There was no easy way to customers to interact with either company, no real easy way for the companies to bash each other, and the public wasn't fed up to the minute lies. I would have to believe that a deal would have come about a lot easier.

Back in 2004 when Dish went through this, there was no Twitter and Facebook was brand new. That dispute had the channels off the air for all of 2 days.

Seems like social media really blew things out of proportion this time. Hopefully a lesson was learned by both companies.




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