DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Yada Yada Yada DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    So, the wet SpongeBob in the bed of Viacom's CEO worked!!
  2. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    I saw one article where it stated DirecTV had the option to add them later this year, then I saw where Swanni said it was not part of the deal. But, over the years, we have all learned that Swanni information is not always the most reliable source.

    As far as I am concerned they could have left all 26 off the air and given us Epix. :rolleyes:
  3. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    This is why it was important that both companies got out of this dispute whole and basically happy. I'm sure both DirecTV and Viacom wanted more than they got but I'm also certain they got what they needed. Otherwise this wouldn't have been settled so quickly. And this was quick. Just ask NBC about Versus.

    DirecTV and Viacom will be business partners for many years. Epix and other opportunities will certainly arise for both companies during the term of the contract. There has to be good relations between the two sides for those future discussions to go well.
  4. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    July 31 st It was stated by directv several times.
  5. Lancelink

    Lancelink AllStar

    Feb 5, 2007

    Ouch! That's a hard beatdown for DTV's new BFF. It's also pretty accurate IMO.
  6. mnassour

    mnassour Icon

    Apr 23, 2002
    It's painfully obvious that DirecTV considers itself the winner in this one. That does NOT mean our bills won't be going up. But it does mean that Direct basically got the terms it was going for:

    1. no required carriage of Epix
    2. Viacom content to go
    3. a long-term contract

    The two statements seem to bear this out. Viacom basically said we're pleased to be back, while DirecTV strutted around, as borne out in the statements quoted above.

    (from: )

    Game-set-match: DirecTV, or so it seems this morning.

    Y''s kind of funny....all this time Charlie Ergen has been posturing about how he is trying to keep costs down and protect the consumer. But when a really big time dispute blew up, it was DirecTV that dug in its heels and apparently really put a hurt on Viacom.
  7. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Maybe no one knows they are back on....none of the Viacom channels are on What's Hot.
  8. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Sounds like DirecTV stood their ground on this one and won.
  9. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    I think they stood their ground on most of it and won.

    Be nice if Epix comes but they have gotten their terms.
  10. ChicagoBlue

    ChicagoBlue Godfather

    Apr 29, 2011
    Patting myself on the back!

  11. ChicagoBlue

    ChicagoBlue Godfather

    Apr 29, 2011
    To put it mildly. Let's just say more than a few shockwaves in the industry but about 3 or 4 days ago pretty much everyone started to see that Viacom was getting pistol whipped on this. Very shrewd by DTV, very shrewd.
  12. fireponcoal

    fireponcoal Icon

    Sep 26, 2009

    Go team?
  13. ChicagoBlue

    ChicagoBlue Godfather

    Apr 29, 2011
    It's not even "so it seems", this was a smack down of EPIX (sic) proportions.

    Of course bills will go up, DTV still gave Viacom an increase but not one in the stratosphere like they were asking for.
  14. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Yep, for those subscribers that can tolerate patience, in today's world, this is how things now happen, and it's usually best for the long-term.

    Complex negotiations need to come to extreme pain thresholds for people to act. Not always, but it's becoming more the norm.
  15. reweiss

    reweiss Godfather

    Jan 27, 2007
  16. shocky

    shocky Legend

    Oct 22, 2007
    The real question is when are they going to repeat the all new Futurama we missed!
  17. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Till the 31st. They said it would be on for the month regardless of whether they will come to an agreement.
  18. Pepe Sylvia

    Pepe Sylvia Legend

    May 10, 2010
    The Android app is weird now. If I browse by date and time, it skips over those numbers. If I browse by channel number, I can see the channels but there is no data. (I'm presuming the latter is because the guide data wasn't being pulled while they were off.)
  19. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Today at 8:58pm Eastern.

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