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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    Yes I do!
  2. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Opinions don't end with question marks. You were demanding answers and demanding them right now.
  3. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    I was finally going to call about upgrading my old DVRs into something new, maybe with official whole home. But YIKES!

    An automated system would be a good way to handle this. Press "1" if you hate Viacom and want a rebate.
  4. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Email Ellen and get one of those express support PIN codes. :lol:
  5. dbstv

    dbstv AllStar

    Jul 30, 2002
    OH Darn I have these channels will call see what I can get contract is way pass up
  6. skaman74

    skaman74 AllStar

    Feb 17, 2012
    just called directv and I didnt get any deals, not even a cent less!
  7. cjrleimer

    cjrleimer Godfather

    Nov 16, 2004
    Did you have to go through retention? or did you threaten to switch.
  8. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX

    Dear Ellen,

    Deactivate my owned receiver and switch my NFLST subscription to the regular $199 w/o Max. Do this or I'm switching to Dish ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. LMckin

    LMckin Godfather

    Jan 5, 2006
    Look like Viacom has block some of it web access shows

    from WSJ.com
    As the dispute continues, Viacom has slimmed its offering of content available to all viewers for free online, including "Jersey Shore," "Teen Mom" and "The Daily Show." Interestingly, DirecTV had suggested the Web as an alternative viewing venue for Viacom shows during the blackout.

  10. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    hahaha, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have to be that harsh.
  11. darkpowrjd

    darkpowrjd Mentor

    Jul 10, 2012
    I didn't mean for them to sound like demands for answers. I was just saying those questions as rhetorical ones because I was trying to make a point about how I don't particularly like how secretive these things can be. I can understand WHY they can be secretive, but for someone anxiously awaiting some sort of answer as to what the hell is going on, it can be frustrating to go even a day without even a bit of development.

    Especially when you're someone who wanted to tune into one of the shows that was on one of the axed channels (TNA Impact on Spike, since I've heard they've been getting better and I was getting curious as to if they have). I'm not sure how TNA is taking this news (they need all the exposure they can get right now, and they can't seem to cut a break), but I'm assuming it can't be good for them. I'm sure they will have a backup plan (Viacom can't tell them to not do something online or something like that since they don't have any real control over what TNA does with their programming), but this mess doesn't make it easier on the number two wrestling promotion.
  12. mdavej

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    It sucks to have channels go dark (I've had a lot of experience with this at Dish), but I'm glad to see DirecTV push back against price increases. Some draw comparisons to Dish and AMC, some of which apply, like rate increases and streaming being to blame. But Dish had the additional element of revenge, which made negotiation impossible in their case. The AMC blackout will likely last for years, whereas the Viacom blackout will likely only last a few days or weeks.

    The main problem, as I see it, is that we're in a state of transition, where more people are dropping subscription TV service in favor of streaming. So the networks make their content available via streaming, ultimately causing more cord cutting. But they don't make enough money at that, so they try to extort the shortfall from the middle man (DirecTV) who is also suffering from low subscriber growth. It's a bad situation that's only going to get worse for consumers until a better revenue model comes along. Ultimately someone has to pay, or the content will go away.
  13. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Well that's how your post came across. :)

    We've never been privy to the meeting minutes for a contract negotiation. In fact the only time we know for sure they are taking place is in times like this when channels are blocked. Most of the time they take place and work out and we never know.

    From what I understand they put some video of Hulk Hogan on YouTube saying something about not having the channels but the article said it only had something like 3k views. Doesn't sound like anyone is too concerned with wrestling on Spike.
  14. jleupen

    jleupen Legend

    Jul 26, 2007
    Just switched from DirecTv to the local IPTV option on Monday. (DirecTv doesn't even know this yet.)

    Had no idea this was coming, but my kids think I am a genius now so it's all good. :D
  15. vobguy

    vobguy Mentor

    Jun 9, 2009
    Oh sure.. come on now, out with it, WHY do you HATE poor little SPONGEBOB?
  16. Jungle Jim

    Jungle Jim AllStar

    Mar 9, 2006
    Like many others, the only channel our household will miss is Nick Jr, which all three of our kids watch ALL THE TIME. PBS Sprout is comparable, but not included in my package. It would be a nice gesture for Directv to activate Sprout for us while the blackout is in place. On the other hand, I guess people would be lining up to get their free substitute channels, huh.

    If Nick Jr never comes back, we'll have to consider moving up to a package that includes PBS Sprout.
  17. bmlocal175

    bmlocal175 Mentor

    Jan 23, 2012
    I searched on the web and see talks of 17 and some say 26 channels. Is there a list somewhere that I missed of every channel that has been cut? Most articles talk only of the big channels but that is only 4 or 5 in most lists that I can find.
  18. Regw3

    Regw3 Mentor

    Dec 11, 2005
    Just called retention dept.
    Offered me $10 off for 12 months and free sunday ticket!!!
  19. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
  20. SParker

    SParker Active Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    Got $5 off a month for 3 months plus she gave me the free HD access for 24 months again plus said I could get another HD DVR for free but it would add a new 24 month contract.

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