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Would you miss Viacom?

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Poll: Would you miss Viacom (495 member(s) have cast votes)

Would you miss Viacom

  1. Yes (102 votes [20.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.61%

  2. No (336 votes [67.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 67.88%

  3. Maybe (57 votes [11.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.52%


#26 OFFLINE   mitchflorida



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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:14 AM

i would miss tvland most of all, but i can find classic programming on hallmark, hallmark movie channel, insp, gmc...etc.. my teenage son would miss mtv, vh1 & spike... my 4yr old daughter would miss nickjr if i didnt already have a library of nickjr programs on my dvr. my wife wouldnt miss a thing. my favorite tvland show was andy griffith, but luckily my local nbc station shows it daily at 12:30 so i can still get my mayberry fix :)

i answerd the poll with a maybe.

Andy Griffith is all over the internet for free, including TVLand.com website.

It and many others are still available there.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 12:01 PM

Futurama is the only show I really care about. I watch The Daily Show from time to time. I don't really feel like paying for 17 channels for 6 episodes of Futurama a year.
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 12:26 PM

So the poll at this point is running 3 to 1 not missing viacom.

I'm wondering how many of those that would miss it would actually change service providers to get it? For sake of discussion, let's say half.

Purely hypothetical discussion with hypothetical numbers now...

Let's assume this microscopic sampling is representative of DirecTV customers. I'm not saying that it is, I'm just assuming that for sake of discussion.

If 1/8th of DirecTV customers would change service providers over this, and if DirecTV has 20,000,000 customers, that comes out to 2,500,000 customers. If these 2.5 million customers have an average monthly bill of $60, that comes out to roughly $150M per month, which is $1.8B a year, which is roughly $12.6B for 7 years.

Realistically, 1/8th of the customer base won't leave over this. Of whatever relatively small percentage would, offering incentives will keep most of those.

So I'm going to guess that for DirecTV it is probably a toss up of paying Viacom an extra $1B versus losing that amount of revenue from lost customers. They will end up being out the $1B either way. But, if they let Viacom do this, then they will have to pony up to all the other content providers as contract renewals come around, and they simply are not going to let that happen. So from my perspective, DirecTV will take the customer loss over the increased cost any day of the week.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 12:29 PM

I wouldn't miss Viacom. The few things I watch are really filler that I record for times when there might not be much to watch.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:08 PM

As far as I'm concerned, DirecTV can drop all Viacom channels and then lower my monthly bill.

The channels are starting to come back and from what I hear they are now available to those who DIDNT HAVE THEM BEFORE! (Meaning thier bills go up)


Well........ HUB IS BETTER THAN TV LAND,vh1 classic is still good,but the rest are just garbage!!!!!!!

What i really want is BOOMERANG!!!!! -- Not NICK JR,NICK TOONS,etc which is just crap!!

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:25 PM

I stopped watching the Viacom channels years ago. Once in a blue moon I might watch something on the Comedy Channel but absolutely nothing on any of the other channels appeals to me. My son may differ somewhat, he does watch some of the shows on Nick. He seemed to be bearing up bravely this morning.

I would say that I would be upset if my programming costs were to go up as a result of the Viacom channels.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:30 PM

How many times does the customer have to be held hostage to these outrageous fees from the provider?

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:33 PM

So far I am the only one in the house that knows about it so I will have to say no!

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:36 PM

Never watched or recorded any of those channels. Play hard-ball Directv !
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:39 PM

I was wondering how many of the 18.99% who responded that they would miss Viacom would cancel if this dispute was not terminate and Viacom when away for ever.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:43 PM


I was wondering how many of the 18.99% who responded that they would miss Viacom would cancel if this dispute was not terminate and Viacom when away for ever.

Why Not start a Poll? That is an excellent question and better than a bunch of op's

I vote Terminate :)

Just looked at page one --DUH! Still vote terminate:righton::righton::righton:

Edited by WestDC, 12 July 2012 - 01:55 PM.
OKay u started one DUH!!

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:45 PM

Why Not start a Poll? That is an excellent question and better than a bunch of op's

I vote Terminate :)


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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:54 PM

I only watch Palladia. Now if Viacom was to come back with some of the MTV and VH1 channels that play music videos all of the time that some cable systems have, then I would really want them back.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:15 PM

I do not care about any of the Viacom channels, but if they are coming back, I would like to see it limited to Nick, Nick Jr, Nick Toons, TV Land, Comedy Central, Spike, and BET.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:19 PM

The only station I watch of them is spike and I wouldn't miss any of the programing
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:35 PM

Betty White on TVland is the only show I watch.

I know the experts all argue against it, but I believe that Carte Blanche would still be the best way. Sure, the providers would all raise their rates to protect their current revenue streams. However, market forces after a year or two would have a correcting affect. When people started realizing how much they were paying for channels they didn't watch they'd pay more attention to the real costs. I'm one of those that does not thinking bundling by either the providers or carriers is really in our best interest.


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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:41 PM

I used to watch TV Land back in the day. I can get ME-TV OTA which is what TV Land was 15 years ago. Much better.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:47 PM

There are 2 shows I watch on Viacom channels. And those will be on Blu-Ray eventually.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:02 PM

1. Palladia HD - have watched it a few times
2. Centric - no idea what this is
3. Tr3s - no idea what this is
4. CMT - have watched the awards show once and the Dallas Cowboys show a few times
5. Logo - never watched it
6. NickToons - never watched it
7. VH1 Classic - have watched the 80's rock band shows over the years
8. TeenNick - never watched it
9. Nick Jr. - not watched in years
10. Nick@Nite - not watched in years but was great years ago
11. Spike - never watched it
12. BET - never watched it
13. VH1 HD - cool single show every once in a great while
14. TV Land - lots of good shows but I never watch it, DVR is full of other good HD
15. Comedy Central - never watched it
16. Nick - haven't watched in years
17. MTV - kids watch jersey shore, that's it




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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:07 PM

My wife would miss TVLand, the kids Nick, and I wouldn't miss any of those channels


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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:09 PM

I voted maybe because of the music and concerts I enjoy on Palladia.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:12 PM

I voted no. I did however watch a couple of the channels every now and then but not enough to miss them. I do have a list of channels that I would love to see replace all of them but I will save that for another time.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:17 PM

1. Palladia HD - Never watched it
2. Centric - We watch it a lot. Lots of African-American centric shows (Cosby, Different World, In Living Color, etc)
3. Tr3s - no idea what this is
4. CMT - Wife watches the Cowboy cheerleader show
5. Logo - Wife watches it
6. NickToons - never watched it
7. VH1 Classic -I live for the "I love the......" shows
8. TeenNick - Daughter watches is
9. Nick Jr. - Daughter watches it
10. Nick@Nite - watch it every night when I go to bed
11. Spike - Wife lives for "1000 Ways to Die"
12. BET - never watched it
13. VH1 HD - We are suckers for some of their reality shows
14. TV Land - I watch it a lot
15. Comedy Central - Wife loves the Half Hour Comedy Hour and the Celebrity Roasts
16. Nick - Daughter watches it
17. MTV - The Challenge(s) are our guilty pleasure

So yeah I'd miss it and miss it a lot. Would I switch over it? Possibly. I pay $167/mo and I doubt that number would decrease with the loss of those channels.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:31 PM

I won't miss Viacom nearly as much as I'll miss Encore once the negotiations are over.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:40 PM

The only things I watch are Futurama and South Park and even those are no big deal if I lose them. I support DirecTV in this fight, if my bill goes up much more I will have to cancel :(
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