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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by danpeters, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    In other words, nothing has changed since yesterday. Or Monday. Or last week actually. :D
  2. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    I just checked the DIRECTV promise website, they are reporting that Viacom is returning free online access for a number of their shows. Hopefully the end of this dispute is coming soon.
  3. Mariah2014

    Mariah2014 Breaking the mold

    Apr 21, 2006
    Phoenix Metro
    Yep, that is what it sounds like. Oh well, I don't miss these channels but i feel for those who do.
  4. Mariah2014

    Mariah2014 Breaking the mold

    Apr 21, 2006
    Phoenix Metro
    They actually announced that yesterday after at least one of viacom's stars voiced out against what they were doing.
  5. ehilbert1

    ehilbert1 Godfather

    Jan 22, 2007
    So no matter if these channels come back or not we should expect our bills to increase come Feb right? I know its around $3 or $4 every year. Does that $3 or $4 always go toward programming?
  6. chrisexv6

    chrisexv6 Godfather

    Sep 14, 2002
    I wouldnt go that far. My guess is they did it because of the NON-DirecTV customers anger from losing access to online stuff because of Viacoms dispute with (only) DirecTV. And oh yeah Jon Stewart asked if they thought this was China ;)

    Id be pretty ticked too if I was a non-DirecTV customer used to streaming online, then couldnt because of a fight with DirecTV.
  7. Mariah2014

    Mariah2014 Breaking the mold

    Apr 21, 2006
    Phoenix Metro
    I would believe that would be the case, but if this goes on that long you might seem them change that plan based on the number people leaving because of the cost and lack of certain channels.
  8. DViper2399

    DViper2399 AllStar

    Jul 16, 2008
    Viacom's every reply on twitter today is to switch providers
  9. Mariah2014

    Mariah2014 Breaking the mold

    Apr 21, 2006
    Phoenix Metro
    I noticed that, but they want this cycle to continue because then they can raise it and then raise it again and again. It never stops the cycle. Other companies are starting to back Directv because this cycle has to be stopped.
  10. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    OK, I just deleted a bunch of political posts...AGAIN!

    If it happens again there will be thread bans; or worse.

    If you report a post DO NOT reply to it. When you do you become part of the problem your are reporting.

  11. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    There are other things besides programming that those increases go to.... Obviously besides Viacom there are dozens of other deals negotiated each year, mostly with local station owners, but also with smaller national entities that just own 1 or 2 channels.

    But the cost of doing business doesn't stay the same either. Higher gas prices means a bigger gas bill for driving around all the installers. The leasing company that they lease their buildings from might have upped the lease price. There might be an increase in corporate taxes due to new laws or new regulations. And just like what happens when you get a contractor that quotes you $12k for a new roof, it may end up being $15k when its all said and done..... and that happens with businesses as well. The builders of D14 might come back and say.... unforeseen costs, its going to be $2million more.

    There are so many factors to the cost of doing business. Dish was the ONLY company out of the carriers (besides maybe the small local cable companies I don't know about) that did not raise their prices this year, and they touted that for a while too. But then, they lost AMC and something tells me that when they announced their intention NOT to raise prices in January, that the decision to cut AMC was already made. So they essentially off-set the loss of a price raise with cutting a set of channels.

    If the Viacom dispute stays a dispute, we might NOT see a price increase in February.... but you can bet that if that happens, you WILL see a heftier price increase the year after, especially if Viacom comes back on board.
  12. renbutler

    renbutler Godfather

    Oct 17, 2008
    Looks like a couple of mine were included, and I apologize. I tried to steer the semi-political tangents back to the applicable DirecTV discussion. But I guess there's a fine line (sometimes) between what's political and what's not.
  13. susanandmark

    susanandmark Godfather

    Feb 15, 2007
    Other TV service providers backing DirecTV is no more "proof" that DirecTV is correct, than other content providers backing Viacom is an indication that Viacom is "in the right."

    Ever heard of the enemy of my enemy is my friend? That's what we have here. Of course other people that pay Viacom for channels want DirecTV to successfully negotiate for less. In some cases, because then their own rates will go down (per their own Viacom contract clauses), or in others simply because they know they too will be negotiating with Viacom in the future and prefer a lower standard to be set.

    The same holds true if Disney comes out "in support" of Viacom's position. Doesn't make them more right, just makes them on the same side.
  14. ATARI

    ATARI Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2007
    Like a bowel movement. :D
  15. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004

    I've never thought of equating DirecTV and Viacom's being locked in a standoff with constipation but you do have a point, ATARI.
  16. DViper2399

    DViper2399 AllStar

    Jul 16, 2008
  17. lugnutathome

    lugnutathome Hall Of Fame

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    And ultimately its repercussions will flow down hill to us so good call.

    Don "not missing any of em so Mongo no care either way" Bolton
  18. cjrleimer

    cjrleimer Godfather

    Nov 16, 2004
    Its a he said, she said thing between the two. They will get it done by September 17th. Otherwise, this thread will be about 500 pages by then.:grin:
  19. BattleScott

    BattleScott Hall Of Fame

    Aug 28, 2006
    It's the perfect anaolgy, they're both full of SH%&!!!!!
  20. mrphil

    mrphil Cool Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    "July 18, 2012 @ 3:56 PM

    by Viacom

    In sharp contrast to DIRECTV’s public spin, it’s now clear that they have no intention of working with us to expedite a resolution and return our 26 networks to DIRECTV subscribers.

    26 Networks? Really:confused:

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