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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. Jul 11, 2012 #701 of 3058

    carlsbad_bolt_fan Icon

    May 18, 2004
    Carlsbad, CA
    Hmm...maybe it's because Viacom "makes it rain" for their execs:


  2. Jul 11, 2012 #702 of 3058

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    Snoooooze oh,oh i'm sorry i'm up didn't even notice the channels were missing till i came to this site, but i do want Comedy Central and Spike TV back i was enjoying Colbert, i do hope this gets resolve quickly.
  3. Jul 11, 2012 #703 of 3058

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    And if the programmers (Like Viacom) had THEIR way, and Directv just went along with them, you'd be paying $300 a month.
  4. Jul 11, 2012 #704 of 3058

    tulanejosh Godfather

    May 23, 2008
    Directv is not your friend. Don't forget that.
  5. Jul 11, 2012 #705 of 3058

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    They really aren't anyone's friend or anyone's enemy.
  6. Jul 11, 2012 #706 of 3058

    darkpowrjd Mentor

    Jul 10, 2012
    I personally don't really care WHOSE fault it is. I just want these companies to stop acting like children and come to some consensus to make all of us happy (sad thing is that some of us are also at a loss as to what we really want out of this). I would love for the two to try to come up with a good deal.

    Hopefully this is resolved soon. Don't want this to be like the G4 thing where no side is willing to even get into the same room with each other anymore.
  7. Jul 11, 2012 #707 of 3058

    tulanejosh Godfather

    May 23, 2008
    I would agree with that. Same with Viacom. Which is why I object to demonizing them. It's not viacoms fault any more than it is directvs. And they are both to blame at the same time.
  8. Jul 11, 2012 #708 of 3058

    xmguy Active Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Middle, TN
    I did forget about Spike TV. I watch the Powerblock weekend car/truck shows. I hope those are on their website. With a big of a hit this is to DirecTV. Sadly I feel they will have to give in. Because (as I said in a previous post) the networks have WAY too much control. If Viacom was struggling asking more from DirecTV or any other provider might be one thing. But they are not Viacom wants more because of 2 reasons. 1 they are big enough, in the since they own Nick, MTV and Spike, etc. 2 they realize they have the edge over DirecTV. DirecTV can't force Viacom to continue service and DirecTV can't keep it up without legal prosecution from Viacom's lawyer dogs. Viacom has the ball in their court. They can force DirecTV's hand because of the pull those channels and shows those channels carry have on the overall impact to customers. Viacom and DirecTV both know something will have to be settled soon or DirecTV will start loosing customers fast. If they aren't already. So in the end Viacom will win.
  9. Jul 11, 2012 #709 of 3058

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Tell me.... which local IPTV outfit carries:

    - NFL Sunday Ticket.
    - NASCAR Hotpass.
    - All major golf and tennis tournaments on 5 to 7 seven channels.
    - All UEFA Cup soccer games.

    That's right NO ONE carries those except for DirecTV. They are known for their excellent Football, NASCAR, Golf, Tennis, and International Soccer coverage.

    U-Verse doesn't even carry MLS Extra Innings or NBA League Pass, and no IPTV outfit carries MLS Direct Kick.

    DirecTV has one of the best sports lineups available in this country, and THAT is their bread and butter. They can miss Viacom just as much I can miss them.
  10. Jul 11, 2012 #710 of 3058

    xmguy Active Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Middle, TN
    Don't forget not only do local IPTV providers not carry what DirecTV has, they also (in most cases) charge more. Their customer base is usually very small. So even basic channels cost double what the big boys like DirecTV charge. Not saying DirecTV is perfect and cheap. But usually the benefit of a local cable or IPTV provider isn't worth it. I have a local IPTV provider in my area myself. Although they offer HD and DVRs and good channel lineup. It often goes out and the tech is not the best and the cost is high. Even the company admits they are high.
  11. Jul 11, 2012 #711 of 3058

    Lucid504 Legend

    Mar 26, 2008
    lol i love how some people are never happy.....they give encore for free because of this......and you get people going this is bs they are giving us encore for free....they should give us every channel for free right now.......some people are just super greedy....This is idiots on facebook
  12. Jul 11, 2012 #712 of 3058

    thomas317us Cool Member

    Feb 6, 2008
    They gave encore for free? that helps me, since I already pay for it because it is part of my package.
  13. Jul 11, 2012 #713 of 3058

    Lucid504 Legend

    Mar 26, 2008
    Yeah not really a big deal to me......Encore sucks IMO
  14. Jul 11, 2012 #714 of 3058

    gio12 Icon

    Jul 31, 2006
    OnTV was first I think. Just one channel.
  15. Jul 11, 2012 #715 of 3058

    Lucid504 Legend

    Mar 26, 2008
    OMG the people on Facebook are too funny for how crazy they are.....people are bringing up that they want to start a class action lawsuit for not providing the channels lol
  16. Jul 11, 2012 #716 of 3058

    coolman302003 2014 NBA CHAMPIONS!

    Jun 2, 2008
    Suddenlink was in a dispute with Viacom back in December of 2010 and one of the reasons was forcing them to offer EPIX and also a overall 20% increase (which included significant payment for a new network (Epix) with R-rated programming, which there customers had not requested and many did not want). Suddenlink did end up reaching a long term agreement without the channels going down but was forced to make EPIX available.

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  17. Jul 11, 2012 #717 of 3058

    Lucid504 Legend

    Mar 26, 2008
    I love people on facebook commenting that they are contacting a lawyer to sue directv.
  18. Jul 11, 2012 #718 of 3058

    noahproblem Legend

    Aug 19, 2009
    If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, then surely the class action lawsuit is the last refuge of the clueless...
  19. Jul 11, 2012 #719 of 3058
    Darth Malgus

    Darth Malgus Cool Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    If you are a D* subscriber then you do not want Viacom to ask for 30% more over the span of the next contract, as this will be passed to the consumer, D* may not be your friend, but they are your partner in this negotiation. They tried to offer a compromise in which they can allow the customers to choose which channels they wish to have, or to only continue the use of most watched channels Viacom has to offer, but Viacom will not allow this, they are taking an all or nothing approach to this negotiation. D* does not want their base package prices to increase as drastically as this would cause them to. It will make them less competitive in the marketplace, and force them to price themselves out of the reach of lower income subscribers. In a recession no less. In the case of this negotiation, what is good for D*, is good for the customer.
  20. Jul 11, 2012 #720 of 3058

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    Neither is Viacom, remember that also

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