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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte Active Member

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    Yeah, switch to Dish. Then next year when you're in the middle of a 2 year contract and they pull this same thing with Dish, they gonna tell you to switch again, and incur the ETF? lol Switching solves NOTHING! It's just a temporary fix to a probably temporary problem.
     
  2. RunnerFL

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    AKA Force it on them.

    They did when they said Viacom is trying to make them take EPIX for $500 million.

    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.

    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.

    Again, they did respond when they made their statement about Viacom asking to include EPIX for $500 million.
     
  3. tulanejosh

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    not anything like it was yesterday. as long as that continues, it should be seen as positive. even if they are still far apart from a deal, removing the sniping removes an impediment from the deal.
     
  4. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    Viacom says they made offers both with and without EPIX. They didn't say anything about how it may or may not be bundled.
     
  5. danpeters

    danpeters AllStar

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    Think they have been gone for a day or two now. Probably just had them set for a week or something.
     
  6. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    Neither can you.
     
  7. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    They have been gone at least 24 hours now.
     
  8. studechip

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    He didn't say he could, unlike another poster who insinuated that he knew what was going on.
     
  9. DodgerKing

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    Looks like a deal is just around the corner.

    http://www.directvpromise.com/?lpos=footer#9

    Just the EPIX thing is holding it up.
     
  10. vt209

    vt209 New Member

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    The perfect example of what is wrong with DIRECTV (and many more companies) they do ask the entire customer base if they want this new channel, they just decide on their own and prove they do not care what the customer wants.
     
  11. JoeTheDragon

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    viacom does not want it on it's own they want as part of a basic pack.
     
  12. Bambler

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    Personally, when this thing started, I could honestly care less what happened. But after seeing what Viacom is doing and realizing the three-way tug-of-war going on between the providers, distributors and us (the consumers), I honestly hope DirecTV just walks away.
     
  13. Sixto

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    Seems like the typical dance as with any challenging negotiation, with each side rattling swords as expected. I'd guess that a deal will be struck fairly soon, especially since it appears they're making some progress.

    As with most things, I'm sure this is a very big deal to some diehards who's major preference is the Viacom channels, while probably most people will enjoy the summer until they work this out.
     
  14. danpeters

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    Just 20-25 minutes ago:

    Viacom: @JDPurtz We are continuing to work towards a deal w/ @DIRECTV.
    Retweeted by DIRECTV

    DIRECTV‏: We ask for your patience as we continue to reach closer to a fair agreement that will restore the Viacom channels. #DIRECTVHasMyBack

    Well, DirecTV actually retweeted a Viacom tweet and both companies seem to be on the same page now about being close to a deal. That has to be somewhat promising.
     
  15. Sixto

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    Funny you say that, I somewhat feel the same way, but I also think they'll figure this out, and hope that they do for those that really enjoy the Viacom channels.

    To me, the DirecTV messaging, whether you believe the facts as presented or not, has been professional, while the Viacom messaging just seems over-the-top nasty and sleazy.
     
  16. Carl Spock

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    Almost like friends. This is much better than the snipping.

    I have to agree - we may actually get a deal soon.
     
  17. tulanejosh

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    Where i live - summer is the worst time of year. way too hot. Bring on the fall - football, fall tv, cooler weather. I can deal with a little viacom hiatus for a bit, but if D* ever lost ST... I'd probably need to seek therapy.
     
  18. tonyd79

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    Festivus? For returning channels and maybe Epix?
     
  19. tulanejosh

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    Yes. I'll bring the Blue Moon.
     
  20. danpeters

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    It really makes me wonder how much different this would have been, say, 5 years when Twitter didn't exist. There was no easy way to customers to interact with either company, no real easy way for the companies to bash each other, and the public wasn't fed up to the minute lies. I would have to believe that a deal would have come about a lot easier.

    Back in 2004 when Dish went through this, there was no Twitter and Facebook was brand new. That dispute had the channels off the air for all of 2 days.

    Seems like social media really blew things out of proportion this time. Hopefully a lesson was learned by both companies.
     

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