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.