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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. tonyd79

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    Or it is bringing pressure to get settled. Two way street. Customers are voicing their frustration either way.

    Twitter played no appreciable role in the directv / versus dispute.
     
  2. cjrleimer

    cjrleimer Godfather

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    Twitter however played in the role of bs artist e.g. Swanni :grin:
     
  3. tonyd79

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    Okay. I give.
     
  4. android.cphone

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    Its time viacom comes forward and makes up to direct tv i am about to send viacom to bed without dinner.
     
  5. android.cphone

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    And to reply to viacoms suggestion that i switch providers...
    1.i like direct tv.
    2.i am under contract till jan 2013
    3. My credit has gone down hill since i got direct tv so dish would likely require a $200-$300 deposit.
    4. My cable company here sucks.


    So if anyone from viacom sees this ill say the following... quit wasting time trying to get me to switch providers and get to work on a solution to the mess u started.
     
  6. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Welcome to DBSTalk!
    Polling the entire customer base is not possible; should we each vote on 400 channels?
    Regardless, it doesn't prove they don't care about what we want.
     
  7. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Would be quite easy. Insert a questionnaire in the paper bills, and attach it to the email of the paperless customers.
     
  8. android.cphone

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    And how many people would really take the time to answer it and send it back out?
     
  9. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    4,390 out of 20,000,000+.
    Then no one would tabulate it.
    Then, without some basis for cost of each channel, the survey is meaningless.
     
  10. android.cphone

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    Surveys just do not work ..
     
  11. inkahauts

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    They'd just do it all on commercials over the radio and tv ads and newspaper ads, just like they are doing now too.
     
  12. mreposter

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


    More details:

    In addition to the channels' return, DIRECTV customers will also gain the ability to see Viacom programming on tablets, laptops, handhelds and other personal devices via the DIRECTV Everywhere platform. Carriage of the EPIX movie channel is not required as part of the new agreement.

    "We are very pleased to be able to restore the channels to our customers and thank them for their unprecedented patience and support," said Derek Chang, executive vice president of Content Strategy and Development for DIRECTV. "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."
     
  13. JcT21

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    im glad the dispute is over. i hope we get more viacom channels in HD though. im kinda bummed about epix. i hope they add it as pay package like hbo & others.
     
  14. BenJF3

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    And In Other News, DirecTV subscribers can expect a billing increase soon...
     
  15. rvernier

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    Good news!!
     
  16. zimm7778

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    They are all back up. Spike was running those much missed infomercials a moment ago.
     
  17. snappjay

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    DTV Facebook:


    The channels are already back! Plus as a result of our new deal you will soon enjoy the freedom to see all your favorite Viacom shows on tablets, handhelds, laptops and other media devices through our DIRECTV Everywhere platform.

    I like that part. I use my ipad DTV app all the time
     
  18. dtv757

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    so are we getting EPIX?
     
  19. snappjay

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    I also noticed that the "ala carte" thing didn't pan out :-\
     
  20. James Long

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

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DIRECTV has reached a new long-term agreement with Viacom to restore 17 channels (including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, Spike, CMT, TV Land and ten other channels) that Viacom had taken away from DIRECTV customers on July 10. Viacom has returned all affected networks.

    Financial terms were not disclosed.

    In addition to the channels' return, DIRECTV customers will also gain the ability to see Viacom programming on tablets, laptops, handhelds and other personal devices via the DIRECTV Everywhere platform. Carriage of the EPIX movie channel is not required as part of the new agreement.

    "We are very pleased to be able to restore the channels to our customers and thank them for their unprecedented patience and support," said Derek Chang, executive vice president of Content Strategy and Development for DIRECTV. "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."

    The dispute helped generate significant public support from hundreds of thousands of customers and also, surprisingly enough, many high-profile DIRECTV competitors. The 850 small and independently owned local cable systems that make up the American Cable Association joined the anti-blackout chorus, as did Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Mediacom.

    http://investor.directv.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=693651
     

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