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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. Jul 11, 2012 #761 of 3058

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    I'm sure both sides are to blame here. I'm positive that the channels came down because of VIACOM and not D*, I just know it.

    I'm also certain that when D* says that VIACOM wants 30% more for >>the same channels<< that they are being disingenuous.

    I'd bet a lot of what I have that most of that increase would be for the Epix movie channels.

    If it weren't for Dexter I'd be willing to trade Showtime for Epix, but I'm not going to be happy when I get rammed for Epix on top of every other channel that I get.
  2. Jul 11, 2012 #762 of 3058

    heisman6183 AllStar

    Jun 4, 2008
    Here's a guess on the resolution. No new channels, no new HD, higher price, passed on to customers. Awesome.
  3. Jul 11, 2012 #763 of 3058
    tuff bob

    tuff bob Icon

    Mar 4, 2007
    Maybe DirecTV is as cheesed off as I am about the lack of HD programming on their HD channels, that's a lot of bandwidth tied up right there so MTV can run their stupid programming letterboxed with a HD scroll at the bottom. :nono2:
  4. Jul 11, 2012 #764 of 3058

    lola521 New Member

    Jul 10, 2012
    I'm joking not trolling. I do know what I'm talking about. Don't get a hair crosswise. Perhaps as an older female I can't get up on a ladder and take it down and patch the hole, hence the offer of the satellite dish. Lighten up!
  5. Jul 11, 2012 #765 of 3058

    JcT21 Legend

    Nov 29, 2004
    i would say you are prob right. however i hope when it is settled we get more hd and other viacom channels. i might be one of the few, but id like to have epix :)
  6. Jul 11, 2012 #766 of 3058

    PK6301 Legend

    May 16, 2012
    Erie, PA
  7. Jul 11, 2012 #767 of 3058

    Zimmy Mentor

    Jul 22, 2008
    Me? I don't care about Viacom.

    Comedy Central is the only channel of theirs that I will miss and I can watch the Daily Show on my iPad.

    Luckily my daughter has switched from iCarly/Victorious to the Disney Channel (Good Luck Charlie, etc).

    So, no big loss there.

    But I am getting tired of prices going up and getting less content.

    A complete loss of a 3D channel (I know content is sparse but to pull everything?)
    No new HD channels except AMC and that took forever to get. (where are HLN, IFC?)
    I have to call and threaten to cancel every year to get NFL at a decent price.

    Dish is starting look good to me.
  8. Jul 11, 2012 #768 of 3058

    TaeOh AllStar

    Jan 26, 2007
    I did not even know the channels went dark till I saw in on the news. Nick is the only thing we care about, but honestly this will probably just push me to internet streaming only. D* is already too expensive and eventually this spat will result in it being more expensive.
  9. Jul 11, 2012 #769 of 3058

    captaink5217 Legend

    Sep 20, 2011
    Well if this goes unresolved for a long time that would make me move to my cable co they never had any channels go off air over disputes, of course I have a new 2 year commitment with D but I'll just take it down to the minimum family pack and keep 1 receiver so I don't get hit with the ETF.
  10. Jul 11, 2012 #770 of 3058

    Lucid504 Legend

    Mar 26, 2008
    Well if you care about AMC,IFC,Sundance,WE then Dish isnt looking better since those are gone from dish.
  11. Jul 11, 2012 #771 of 3058

    VARTV Godfather

    Dec 14, 2006
    I figured there were...
  12. Jul 11, 2012 #772 of 3058

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    You do have the option of switching to DISH. I assume you realize you'll be inheriting their situation with AMC, WeTV, IFC, and Sundance.
  13. Jul 11, 2012 #773 of 3058

    dxtrfn80 Mentor

    Apr 17, 2012
    We watch Spike for Repo Games, barely watch MTV, VH1 stations, watch BET some times and watch Cenetric on occasion, being watching the new Figure It Out on Nick. Watch Disney much more than Nick, Disney has Good Luck Charlie (only show current that involves the parents and kids alike) and Phineas and Ferb. (much better than SpongeBob) If you really want to watch SpongeBob, your parents probably have many DVD's to play.
  14. Jul 11, 2012 #774 of 3058

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    I can't imagine it is 2 cents for all the channels. More like 2 cents per channel. I dont think dirctv would dispute $146 million a year. For 17 channels that us chump change.
  15. Jul 11, 2012 #775 of 3058

    electrober6 AllStar

    Feb 20, 2011
  16. Jul 11, 2012 #776 of 3058

    tvropro AllStar

    Nov 3, 2010
    I called DirecTV they gave me a $5.00 off a month credit for the next 3 months. Better than nothing.
  17. Jul 11, 2012 #777 of 3058

    Whipl50 Cool Member

    Jan 10, 2004
    This is the big rub for me. It seems that DirecTV will extend you for another two years whenever they can, and you have little recourse other than pay the penalty if you need/want to break your contract. I used to be a Dish customer. DirecTV never shutdown channels in disputes, where Dish was known for it and crowed that they were doing it for the customers.

    Between DirecTV's slow-ass HD DVR's and being just as bad at negotiating without channel loss as Dish, I'm ready to move on. Unfortunately I added another DVR a few months ago and have at least the better part of 2 years to go on my contract. When my contract is done I think I'm done with DirecTV for a while. Unfortunately I can't get Uverse so my choices are limited to OTA, Comcast, and Dish. :nono: OTA is looking better and better.
  18. Jul 11, 2012 #778 of 3058

    studechip Godfather

    Apr 16, 2012
    You should get a service call to find the source of the problem. You shouldn't lose signal except in heavy storms.
  19. Jul 11, 2012 #779 of 3058

    Lucid504 Legend

    Mar 26, 2008
    I love that people are throwing a fit saying that they are going to form a class action lawsuit to sue them for the ETF for them cancelling because of the removal.....in the contract theres nothing that says that they cant remove programming....and its not like direct just decided to remove it they was ordered to remove it.....These facebook comments are out there id hate to work for customer support at directv
  20. Jul 11, 2012 #780 of 3058

    ssandhoops AllStar

    Dec 2, 2007
    Seems to me that pulling their channels is a pretty radical move on Viacom's part. Not only do they lose whatever revenue they were getting from D, the loss of viewers is also bound to impact their advertising rates. With D being the largest satellite provider, I would think this could effect Viacom's bottom line pretty quickly. I get the sense they are kind of gambling on irate viewer complaints convincing D to cave on the negotiations.

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