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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by danpeters, Jul 9, 2012.
Drop them DTV! Don't give in to 30% extortion.
Again, I agree with that. That's why I put "care" in quotes. It's a business decision, not an emotional one. Don't speak to me emotionally. Watching that Mike White video makes me want to knock that toupee off his smug face.
Ok. Had no idea any of them offered anything like that. Then I would assume no it won't work because they will no longer have an agreement.
It's a thankless job, especially here in South Florida.
My wife is one. It's thankless from coast to coast in this state.
Again, I'm not saying that Directv should just give into whatever Viacom demands. It's a negotiation, so negotiate. I don't like being used by both sides against the other.
The funny thing is, as always the case, when they finally get this resolved they will both claim victory. What, I guess neither side gave in?
While they've obviously had several regime changes since then, I can remember a time when I rarely had a price increase from DirecTV, and when those price increases came, it usually was around the same time they added a ton of channels. Granted, one might not find those channels to be worth the increase, but it still softened the blow.
DirecTV pretty much started going to a yearly increase around the same time that these groups started trying to raise their fees, and all providers started experiencing these constant standoffs and the like.
One might say that these groups have invested heavily in more original programming which raises their costs as well, yet a good majority of these channels are full of reality crap that costs them less money than some of the syndicated programming they were airing before, and of the original scripted programming which is more expensive to make, these networks have experienced ratings improvements that have no doubt increased their ad revenue to go along with it.
BTW, if DirecTV is interested, I'll create my own reality shows for only a quarter of the price Viacom is asking for ONE of their channels a year by using a bunch of crazy people I pick up off the street!
2 hours to go
It will be 11:59 EST before we hear anything :lol:
Hate to be a direct tv telephone rep later on tonight and tomorrow if these channels go dark
So sick of these disputes, the consumer loses one way or the other. Thank you D* for putting up a fight to keep our costs down.
Don't hate the player... hate the game... LOL!!
I understand, but I do feel that one party is in a group that likes to do this sort of thing, and as long as they feel this course of action holds power, they will continue to use it to get what they want.
Negotiations are often a case of compromise. When done right, both sides should be able to claim victory... and both side will have given in some.
But for most viewers, it is emotional. Just go look at tweets or Facebook comments.
I now understand what you are suing but I don't find their stuff very emotional at all. It looks like pretty straight forward PR to me.
Meanwhile, Viacom is making posters and cajoling children to get their parents to call directv. Maybe it is just in that comparison I see directv being professional.
I'm sure it would be at least as good as Jersey Shore without seeing any of it.
Remember free TV? You know, the three channels, and maybe an independent if the city was big enough... Somehow they didnt charge a thing, came up with original programming we are still paying to watch reruns of, and were entirely ad supported.
Then HBO came with the subscription, but no commercials. Suddenly, all these programmers decided to extort money from both advertisers AND the very people they are in business to entertain. Its like going to a concert, and having the artist stop the concert every couple of songs to pass the hat for more money (oh yea, like church).
We need to get back to basics. Pay a provider to provide, let the programmer get their money from the advertisers. If the show is good, the ad dollars will follow (Super Bowl comes to mind).
There is really not enough programming I enjoy anymore to warrant the ever expanding costs.
, Viacom sent a letter to our executives forcing us to take the channels away at 9:00pm PST July 10/12:00am EST July 11,
BTW, directv has said they have offered an increase. Jut not 30%. Both sides just need to get the right number.
At this point, it's a certainty they will go dark IMO. The question is for how long?
True. Not their fault either way. Maybe they'll ship all those calls to India for "Bud" and "Mary" to deal with.