DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. Jul 10, 2012 #101 of 3058
    Mike Greer

    Mike Greer Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    I don't really care about anything but TV Land and Comedy Central and I don't care much about those two... The so-called 'music' channels haven't had music on them in 15 years. Why do they call it Music Television anyway? Puke is more descriptive of the content!

    The worst part is we lose no matter what. If DirecTV did drop all the Viacom channels, and it won't, would they lower their prices? Hell no. When they do give in to Viacom's demands they'll use Viacom to justify even a bigger increase in subscription costs than they already have planned for us. It is a lose-lose situation.

    My vote - drop the 90% of all the channels - not just Viacom - and lower the sub prices to match the savings. I'm a dreamer I know....
  2. Jul 10, 2012 #102 of 3058

    bman3333 Mentor

    Jun 9, 2010
    While my 3 year old watches a little Nick Jr and my wife and I watch some of their other channels, I would not be the least bit concerned if they let the Viacom channels go dark. What pisses me off is Viacom charges Netflix a lower fee to stream the same content - it should be the same, regardless of delivery method. Directv needs to get aggressive with all the networks to stop the annual rise in monthly tv fees. I'm a big sports fan, but I despise ESPN for creating the precedent of strong arming cable and sat providers with all or nothing deals. A la carte would be much more fair.
  3. Jul 10, 2012 #103 of 3058

    Inches Godfather

    Jan 5, 2005
    I say "Let 'em go and free up some bandwidth" :hurah: :lol:
  4. Jul 10, 2012 #104 of 3058

    mws192 Godfather

    Jun 17, 2010
    That works for me. Additional suggestions welcome.

    Assuming Viacom counts SD and HD as different:

    DirecTV |Viacom
    1 |2 BET
    1 |1 Centric
    1 |2 CMT
    1 |2 Comedy Central
    1 |1 Logo
    1 |2 MTV
    1 |1 MTV2
    1 |1 MTV t3es
    1 |3 Nick, NickW
    0 |1 Nick at Nite (evening programming on Nick) ?
    1 |1 Nick Jr
    1 |1 Nick Toons
    1 |1 Palladia
    1 |2 Spike
    1 |1 Teen Nick
    1 |1 TV Land
    1 |2 VH1
    1 |1 VH1 Classic
    17 |26 Total

  5. Jul 10, 2012 #105 of 3058

    ub1934 Icon

    Dec 30, 2005
    UpState NY
    Same here all the other chs are crap, :hurah:
  6. Jul 10, 2012 #106 of 3058

    larry55 Legend

    Jun 3, 2010
    i don't care if d drop all of these.
  7. Jul 10, 2012 #107 of 3058

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2004
    While I enjoy watching 'Repo Games' on Spike & the kids do like a couple of shows on the Nick networks (SpongeBob, Victorious, Family Game Night), we can find other ways to watch these shows so no loss if all, most, or any of these disappear.
  8. Jul 10, 2012 #108 of 3058

    Old_School Legend

    Nov 28, 2011
    What??? you got channel 299-1??? I'll have to make a call to Directv you got one more channel more than me..... :lol:
  9. Jul 10, 2012 #109 of 3058

    Clemsole Godfather

    Sep 8, 2005
    I agree 100%. Drop all of them.
  10. Jul 10, 2012 #110 of 3058

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    Meh, my kids like Nick, but other than that, I can let them go. DirecTV should be driving to lower costs. :)
  11. Jul 10, 2012 #111 of 3058

    RawisTheGameHhH AllStar

    Mar 5, 2008
    then drop our bills too
  12. Jul 10, 2012 #112 of 3058

    pearkel AllStar

    Feb 1, 2007
    Let them go, and lower my bill. Let Viacom renegotiate their advertisements with a few less subscribers. :)
  13. Jul 10, 2012 #113 of 3058

    fornold Legend

    Sep 4, 2006
    My 9 year old just called me to tell me to call DirecTV right away so we don't lose Nick. I had to chuckle. Nick and NickToons are the only ones that get any airtime at our house.
  14. Jul 10, 2012 #114 of 3058

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    The only channel I'd miss is Comedy Central and I can get their content by other means.
  15. Jul 10, 2012 #115 of 3058

    RawisTheGameHhH AllStar

    Mar 5, 2008
    well said; 100% agree
  16. Jul 10, 2012 #116 of 3058
    RD in Fla

    RD in Fla Icon

    Aug 26, 2007
    Don't watch any of them. My 8 year old occasionally watches Nick, but she's glued to Netflix and Hulu on her iPad most of the time anyway.
  17. Jul 10, 2012 #117 of 3058

    carlsbad_bolt_fan Icon

    May 18, 2004
    Carlsbad, CA
    You obviously don't have kids. :lol:

    The little TV I do allow my 4 & 7 year olds to watch is on the Nick channels. Nickjr has zero commercials, btw.

    That being said, I hope they do work something out.
  18. Jul 10, 2012 #118 of 3058

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    DirecTV should package all of these channels in a separate group, not include them in any of the standard programming packages, and charge appropriately for that group (like the HD Extra pack). Then people that really want them can pay accordingly and the rest of us can avoid the added cost.

    Do this for all of the content providers that offer multiple channels. You buy a basic programming package then add the channel groups you want. A somewhat minor variation of the ala-cart concept.
  19. Jul 10, 2012 #119 of 3058

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    I live in Southern California. I watch Angels and Ducks games in full 1080i HD on channels 692/693, and occasionally on KDOC56. And those are all I really care about as far major teams go. I watch LA Galaxy games on occasion as well, and every so often I turn in to the Dodgers or NHL Kings. I also like to watch the Tour de France early in the morning nowadays on 603 NBC Sports Network. I usually catch about 20-30 minutes after the news headlines on CNN before I head out to work. Additionally, I try to catch some international soccer - like UEFA - when I am near a TV at the right time, as the games are usually live in the mornings.

    And again: Money is by far the only factor. I wake up in the morning, grab the remote, turn on CNN, make coffee.... The ease of doing that is worth money to me.

    What also makes it worth it is - again and I repeat myself - is that sometimes.... its just great to flip channels to see what is on. I catch a lot of OLD shows that way that I had forgotten about (and might not be found online either way).

    I know that for cut-the-corders, MONEY is everything, and every other aspect of a pay TV subscription is less important. For me, it is not. The ease of use, the quality of the HD picture, and the hassle that comes with guaranteeing more-or-less the same TV coverage by using 5+ different services that don't always work together very well.... is important for me. I don't want to have to get Roku's for all my TV's, not do I want to overload my internet connection with HD streams to 2 TV's. Having to pick and choose from Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, MLB/NHL/MLS, Hulu, and other services to get the shows I want, is just not worth it to me.

    That said, I am not going to miss Viacom channels. The TVLand comedies is about all I would miss really, I only watch Spike every so often for some unintelligent, dumbed down entertainment such as cops chasing bad guys, big dudes repo-ing cars, stuff like that. And it is probably better for my intelligence that I stop watching those. :D :D (besides, the tow-type and cops-type reality shows can be found on TruTV and others as well)

    So, I support DirecTV going black until they get to a reasonable price. I know the channels won't be gone forever, and I won't be crying if they are gone for a month or so.
  20. Jul 10, 2012 #120 of 3058

    pablo Icon

    Oct 11, 2007
    Every time something like this happens, I always wonder why it even needs to happen? Why can't these contracts be permanent or at least long enough for this not to happen multiple times a year? And this seems to happen with pretty much every provider, and it's the viewer who gets screwed every time.

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