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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. tonyd79

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    Yes, you are. Because you did not contract for specific channels like DirecTV did with Viacom. You agreed to a service that provided you with TV.

    The question is...when does the product change enough to not be what you bought. A single channel does not live up to that standard, except if you bought HBO and HBO went dark (but then we know you would not be charged). A handful still does not live up to that standard. Does 17? Maybe. maybe not.
     
  2. Shades228

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    They turned on Encore stations for everyone and you don't have to call. I have a feeling if they offered the actual credit of how much they pay people would become irate with "how little they think of us". This doesn't impact everyone so really if you're not impacted why should thet give you credit?
     
  3. tonyd79

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    Must've been a government thing. I have never had a utility give me money back on top of not charging for service when there was an outage. In fact, ours tries to get more money from us because they had to pay for repairs!
     
  4. Billzebub

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    I'd find a different carrier
     
  5. tonyd79

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    Didn't they know who you are? ;)

    It should be automated. Like opting into or out of a class action suit. Call the number, hit a button and get 5 bucks a month for the next X number of months that the channels are out.
     
  6. tulanejosh

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    Unfortunately - I do not agree with you. It's deceptive advertising - and it's generally frowned upon by alphabet soup government agencies. Every commercial they run that talks about the channels they offer vs dish, any website content they display talking up its channel lineup, the inserts that fall out of my newspaper containing channel logos - it's all an implied commitment that says, "hey sign up with us, and look at all this stuff you get!". The implied commitment incented you to enter into an agreement - and then they changed the rules on you. That's the definition of bait and switch.
     
  7. sunking

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    I disagree that it doesn't impact everyone. You pay Directv for viewing choices. Whether you choose to watch them or not the service is reduced. After all, isn't the number of channels choices one of Directv's primary marketing campaigns?

    So are those who pay for Encore getting that money back as it's now free for everyone?
     
  8. JMCecil

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    At certain points of the year the sport focused shows are still good. I'm 50/50 on The Herd. But, that is more of a radio talking head show if you ask me. Taking up hours of TV time with Mike & Mike + The Herd etc... is weird to me.

    But, I think shows like around the horn and sports nation are truly dreadful. They don't cover sports at all. They cover one persons opinion about another persons opinion about some subjective non-issue that might have some tangential sports connection.

    But, just to throw myself under the bus ... I actually do watch/enjoy PTI. I know it is a ridiculous, self important, opinionated, prejudiced excessive celebration of ego. I almost always disagree with both Tony's "if they aren't a tabloid superstar in one of the three sports I've heard of, they don't matter" angle and Wilbon's endless name dropping and "The players can do no wrong everything is the greedy owners fault" (while somewhere not realizing how hypocritical it is for him to hate the owners for being greedy, while telling the players that they should shake down the leagues for all they can". But, for some reason I continue to watch.

    However, I wouldn't lose sleep if every show but the actual sporting events + their lead in shows suddently went dark.
     
  9. mrfatboy

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    Just called and got my $5/month off for 3 months discount for the Viacom issue.
     
  10. tonyd79

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    So every time they make a channel change, you can cancel your contract? Try living in the real world sometime.
     
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    Is Encore part of Showtime and Starz?
     
  12. RunnerFL

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    Have you ever actually read the agreement you agreed to when you signed up?

    The rules haven't changed. The agreement specifically states they have the right to make programming changes at any time.

    "Accordingly, we must reserve the unrestricted right to change, rearrange, add or delete our programming packages, the selections in those packages, our prices, and any other Service we offer, at any time."

    Nothing implied there, it's in plain old black and white.
     
  13. tonyd79

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    The Herd? That shrill, lying sack of excrement who would rather rabble rouse than actually talk about facts? The guy who freely admits that he only talks about things (and teams) that he *thinks* will bring him ratings?

    YUCK!
     
  14. tonyd79

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    Encore is owned by Starz!

    Showtime is a different entity.
     
  15. RunnerFL

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    Actually yeah, you can.

    Right from the customer agreement:

    "Accordingly, we must reserve the unrestricted right to change, rearrange, add or delete our programming packages, the selections in those packages, our prices, and any other Service we offer, at any time. We will endeavor to notify you of any change that is within our reasonable control and its effective date. In most cases this notice will be about one month in advance. You always have the right to cancel your Service, in whole or in part, if you do not accept the change (see Section 5). If you cancel your Service, a deactivation fee (described in Sections 2 & 5(b)) or other charges may apply. Credits, if any, to your account will be posted as described in Section 5. If you do not cancel, your continued receipt of our Service will constitute acceptance."
     
  16. scott72

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    Yep, just like having a variable rate mortgage. When the rates go up I can cancel my mortgage..Oh wait..:sure:
     
  17. RunnerFL

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    Everything on TV and radio is driven by ratings. How long do you think he'd be on if he talked about the WNBA?
     
  19. JMCecil

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    Man, have you seen Steven A Smith yap with that other guy? Holy crap on a taco shell. That is the worst case of making **** up for ratings I've ever seen. Herd has nothing on those two.
     

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