DirecTV Viacom Carriage Updates

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  1. Mar 19, 2019 #1 of 105
    mws192

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    <Edit 3/25/2019> A new, long-term deal has been announced.

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    As noted in the February U-verse Programming Changes post, the current Viacom carriage agreement is expected to end in March. Also see DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official 2019 Thread)

    It's now being reported that the current deal, which includes UVerse and DirecTV, ends on Friday, March 22nd:

    "As of today, Viacom has begun running crawls and promo spots on its channels warning viewers that Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV and other channels could go dark on AT&T’s DirecTV as of midnight ET on Friday, when the current contract expires."

    "A Viacom spokesman accused AT&T of everything from price gouging to discriminating against “diverse audiences” with the channel selections in its latest packages of skinny bundles for the DirecTV Now and Watch TV streaming platforms."


    For more: Viacom Goes to War With AT&T Over DirecTV Carriage Deal
     
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  2. Mar 19, 2019 #2 of 105
    theloudhouse5

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    Just saw the crawl, this is kind of like what happened in 2012.
     
  3. Mar 19, 2019 #3 of 105
    mjd180

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    According to their annoying/near constant crawl Viacom is not only concerned wbout us losing their channels, but (apparently) even more worried about “LOWERING OUR BILLS...” - after all, it’s the only part where they use all caps)!

    I must have missed the part of Econ class where a vendor/service paying increased cost from a supplier leads to cheaper prices for the customer? :laughing:
     
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  4. Mar 19, 2019 #4 of 105
    APB101

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    I hope the new contract includes upgrades from SD to HD for the likes of Nicktoons, TeenNick, and BET Her. Everything applicable, really.

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    theloudhouse5

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    Hopefully, been looking forward to those hd channels.
     
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    I hope with mee upgrade we get Viacom 4k channel like what altice had with there recent Viacom agreement

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    slice1900

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    I really doubt Directv wants to carry some random 4K channel no one has ever heard of. It is one thing if a real channel goes 4K, it is another thing altogether when a network creates a new channel and stuffs it with a bunch of canned content that would repeat constantly.
     
  8. Mar 19, 2019 #8 of 105
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    So I take it this dispute does not include Viacom owned local TV stations like CBS O&Os?

    Humph ... was hoping for an excuse to get the new LCC if any of the big four went dark as a result of this ...

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  9. Mar 19, 2019 #9 of 105
    theloudhouse5

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    Viacom and CBS Are separate companies.
     
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    KyL416

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    Yep and because of that whole Moonves fiasco, the Redstones can't try to remerge the companies again for another year or two.
     
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    inkahauts

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    I hope they go dark and DIRECTV forgets about the channels. Then they could afford to not raise rates for a couple years. I don’t like the way they do business at all either.
     
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    KyL416

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    Good for you. Take a look at the weekly cable ratings for various key demographics as well as overall, like them or not they have the highest rated channels and shows, opinions aside of the main MTV channels abandoning music (although they massively increased the music video hours and curated blocks on MTV Classic and MTV Live after the new guy from MTV Europe became in charge, including returning videos you can't find online because of conflicting/expired rights to rotation, to the point that MTV's older lower left is embedded in the video).

    Plus much of them cater primarily to an audience who don't care/understand about disputes or why they happen, all they see is that they are no longer able to watch the Kids Choice Awards or new episodes of TNMT, Loudhouse, Henry Danger, Lip Sync Battle, Drag Race or the latest episode of one of MTV's popular reality shows that trend number one worldwide whenever they air.
     
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    James Long

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    Even if the channels are dropped don't expect the price to the consumer to be reduced. That outcome is rare.
     
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    KyL416

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    They are also aware that they don't have any channels that air major sports. So Viacom's asking price is much lower in its current state, as opposed to a year or so from now when the Redstones get their wish and remerge with CBS.
     
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  15. Mar 19, 2019 #15 of 105
    Willh

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    watching Tosh.0 right now on Comedy Central and it seems DirecTV is censoring the Viacom dispute ticker now. yep, this is gonna be Dish vs. HBO level of bad dispute now.
     
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    James Long

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    I have not seen the scroll yet (watching the Daily Show) but Viacom has their site running:
    www.keepviacom.com
     
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    KyL416

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    They did it via addressable inserts on Viacom's receivers at DirecTV's headend, so other providers don't see it. DirecTV is trying to hide it by covering it with a black bar as soon as it comes up.
     
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    James Long

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    That is good. In previous years the receivers were not addressable and people subscribing to other carriers had to put up with the interruptions. It got petty with the channels changing the position of the banner creating a game of whack a mole to figure out where to put the black bar to cover it up. Plus brief inserts were added as shows went to and came back from commercial breaks. It was war and subscribers to other providers suffered collateral damage.
     
  19. Mar 20, 2019 #19 of 105
    longhorn23

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    Had no idea viacom had a 4k channel. I would love to have that channel as well. Any new 4k channel additions are welcomed.
     
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  20. Mar 20, 2019 #20 of 105
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    I don't care about Nick or MTV (my daughter will though) but I watch Comedy Central often enough that I will miss it. I still say, that we need to separate content providers (like DirecTV and DISH) from content owners (like A&E, Warner, etc.) All it does is create these type of issues. It's even worse now that major content providers own MAJOR network. Comcast does both, AT&T does both and these are HUGELY powerful players. If they decide to play hardball, they are going to drive the smaller owners out, simply by refusing to carry them. With this FCC, which is anti-net neutrality among other things, I don't see them siding with the "smaller" guys.
     
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