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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. tonyd79

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    Probably not over yet. They have the option. I gather they didn't want Epix bundled into the deal but wanted to set it aside.

    Right now (pure guess), I'd expect it this year.
     
  2. Beerstalker

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    I'm not so sure we have to worry about Showtime anyway. I'm thinking maybe it's on a seperate contract since we just got all those additional Showtime channels added back in 2010.

    I'm thinking we might eventually get it too. DirecTV's stance seemed much softer on it this time around. When it first launched they pretty much said they had no interest in Epix, this time around they said that they felt $500 million was too much. I'm hoping they come to terms and are able to add it as a seperate premium like Cinemax, HBO, Showtime, Etc. maybe for a little less since there are fewer channels. Say all 4 Epix channels for $8 alone, $7 with one other premium, or $6 with two, etc. Or maybe put it in the HD Extra pack and bump up the price of it a bit (although that would probably put an end to the fluke some of us are taking advantage of).
     
  3. Santi360HD

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    you're right my statements (on premium channel pulls) dont hold water. I hope it never does

    Its largely concentrated on Basic channels, AMC on E* , Versus, G4, NFL Network still not on some cable companies..SNY & MSG on E* ....yeah basic channels, they're the ones always in peril..
     
  4. tonyd79

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    Hey. I truly mean this. I enjoy fleshing out ideas. Thanks for the give and take.
     
  5. Paul Secic

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    This channel used to called BET Jazz two years ago. It was pretty cool.
     
  6. lparsons21

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    While I am firmly in the camp wanting Epix, I doubt that it will happen soon. I think the Epix package is 3 HD channels and one SD channel, so D* would need to give up some transponder space that is an issue right now for some upcoming sports that may be of more interest to D* corporate given D*'s position on sports in general.

    I would be in favor of just negotiating the main Epix channel and forget the rest until the next sat is launched, and that should be doable if the 2 parties can have a meeting of the minds.
     
  7. grecorj

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    Numbers in focus, see NYTimes Media Decoder blog for details.

    DTV was paying $500mm/year under old deal. Now paying $600mm. That's a $100mm increase per year (20%). That's a $5 per subscriber (20mm subscribers) per year increase. Or about $0.40/month -- so "pennies a day" increase quote from Viacom is valid.

    Supposedly Viacom wants $500mm/year for Epix.
     
  8. Santi360HD

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    and we all know D*'s stance on HD......................................Soon !!
     
  9. Pepe Sylvia

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    If they add Epix as a premium it should include all of the channels AND online authentication a la HBOGO. One channel at a premium price won't cut it.
     
  10. lparsons21

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    I wouldn't expect a single channel to be a one-channel premium, more like into the HD Extra Pack, which is where I think it belongs.

    As to the rest, well some practicality has to be taken into account. The fact is that D* has somewhat restricted transponder space and your all or none approach would most likely mean none.
     
  11. speedy4022

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    +1
     
  12. CaptainInspiration

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    Any chance the nightly shows we missed on comedy central will be on VOD? I don't see them listed as of yet...
     
  13. tulanejosh

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    "doesn't require Epix" is a very interesting way of phrasing it. Doesn't require it... doesn't mean they wont do it.
     
  14. fleckrj

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    True, but it is fewer pennies a day than Viacom asked for originally. I think being without the channels for 10 days was worth it to save one-third of Viacom's original asking price.

    Had Epix been added at the price Viacom wanted, that would have ben a 120% increase in price ($1100mm instead of $500mm) for a 23% increase in the number of channels (21 instead of 17).
     
  15. tzphotos.com

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    Check your DVRs. It looks like it will attempt to re-record the missed shows if they are repeated. I noticed that they are in the to-do list of my DVR.

    Thumbs up for the DVR software!
     
  16. tonyd79

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    I don't think there is any fixed package for Epix. Fios has 2 hd. Some systems have only 1.

    Depends on what the option says. They could start with 1.

    What Epix really brings is a ton of streaming stuff and on demand. Wonder if the digital streaming rights included Epix of they out it on.
     
  17. Tubaman-Z

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    Nice ref - well played, sir.
     
  18. Tubaman-Z

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    For those still wondering, tr3s is MTV 3 for the hispanic audience (MTV tres -> tr3s).
     
  19. Taltizer

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    Im glad this finally got resolved.If they do add Epix I agree with others I think it should go into the HD Extra Pack and if subscribers want it they can get that package and get the channel.That would seem if its one single channel where it should go.
     
  20. captaink5217

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    Is epix commercial free movie channels like starz and hbo?
     

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