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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?


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#2921 OFFLINE   Athlon646464

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:53 AM

CNBC just reported that Viacom and Directv have settled and all the channels are coming back.

So, the wet SpongeBob in the bed of Viacom's CEO worked!!

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#2922 OFFLINE   loudo

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:55 AM

Getting the four Epix channels would be nice.

I saw one article where it stated DirecTV had the option to add them later this year, then I saw where Swanni said it was not part of the deal. But, over the years, we have all learned that Swanni information is not always the most reliable source.

As far as I am concerned they could have left all 26 off the air and given us Epix. :rolleyes:

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#2923 OFFLINE   Carl Spock

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:55 AM

This is why it was important that both companies got out of this dispute whole and basically happy. I'm sure both DirecTV and Viacom wanted more than they got but I'm also certain they got what they needed. Otherwise this wouldn't have been settled so quickly. And this was quick. Just ask NBC about Versus.

DirecTV and Viacom will be business partners for many years. Epix and other opportunities will certainly arise for both companies during the term of the contract. There has to be good relations between the two sides for those future discussions to go well.
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#2924 OFFLINE   damondlt

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:55 AM

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

July 31 st It was stated by directv several times.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:00 AM

DIRECTV and Viacom Reach Agreement for Return of Viacom's 17 Channels Including Extensive New Digital Rights for DIRECTV Customers

..."It's unfortunate that Viacom took the channels away from customers to try to gain leverage, but in the end, it's clear our customers recognized that tactic for what it was."

Chang added, "The attention surrounding this unnecessary and ill-advised blackout by Viacom has accomplished one key thing: it serves notice to all media companies that bullying TV providers and their customers with blackouts won't get them a better deal. It's high time programmers ended these anti-consumer blackouts once and for all and prove our industry is about enabling people to connect to their favorite programs rather than denying them access."...



Ouch! That's a hard beatdown for DTV's new BFF. It's also pretty accurate IMO.

#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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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.

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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.

#2934 OFFLINE   Sixto

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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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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:20 AM

Can I call it or what?

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:39 AM

Can I call it or what?

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Very nice prediction.

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#2937 OFFLINE   shocky

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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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