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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. keith_benedict

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007
    For that matter, I'd love to see all political shows kicked off the air. Including Hannity, Chris Matthews, O'Reilly, etc.
  2. usnret

    usnret Icon

    Jan 16, 2009
    Stay the course DTV please.
  3. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    At least you're fair. ;)
  4. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Large Member DBSTalk Club

    Feb 5, 2009
    Do you think they are a lefty conspiracy to brainwash the public?

    No one seems to understand, the vast majority of people who watch all those types of shows (on both sides) have already made up their mind.
  5. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    I also called D* today, not to thank them for the Viacom drop, but ended up doing that anyway.

    I was calling to drop Showtime and they made me a great deal, so I didn't. And in the follow-on conversation I told them I was happy that D* was holding the line.

    Not because I don't miss Comedy Central (nor because others miss whichever ones they do), but because I'm tired of all the content providers coming in with ridiculous rate increase requests. And if they happen to do the same with some channel I really care about, I'll feel the same way. I may very well bitch 'cause whichever is missing, but I'll appreciate the attempt to keep my costs down.

    I'd say the vast majority of us here are not seeing our income increase at the percentages these content providers are asking for, nor are most of us even getting increases as big as D*'s increases.

    All in all, I'm tired of the 'less for more' corporate mentality that is so prevalent today. If Viacom wants a nice fat increase, then bring something to the table that is worth it. It certainly isn't anything they are currently offering!
  6. keith_benedict

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007
    I think it's a general media conspiracy (both lefty and righty and outey and inney) to lock people into inflexible mindsets that prevent them from seeing things differently.
  7. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I'm sorry,I thought we lost "26" ( really only 17) channels, how does that equate to anything near 20% of our channels, much less 20% of actual new hours of programing per week? I'd bet that Viacom doesn't make up more than 4% of all new programing in a week that is available on DIRECTV. And that's being generous.

    I'm not saying some people don't have the right to complain About losing shows they watch, but don't go quoting the ridiculous numbers that Viacom is providing, or DIRECTV for that matter. They are both very good at spin.

    If the channels remain gone for good, then I would expect some sort of compensation in time, by either adding a significant amount of new channels' or by not raising my rates next year, using the money saved from losing viacom to pay for the normal yearly rate increases they will be paying to the broadcasters they do still carry. Maybe even for the next two years.
  8. keith_benedict

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007

    It could be this person was just talking about HD channels and perhaps they're on a plan with fewer channels.
  9. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Nerds that like Science Fiction and Cars. Also people that have lived in Europe, and like British television.

    I have no problems being labeled a nerd. I know what I am.

    And you don't have to feel offended. I am sure there are professors and rocket scientists who watch Jersey Shore in anticipation of snooki's boobs. :D

    Let's just say that I am not Viacom's target market. I'm still a dumb, stupid idiot, but not of the type Viacom is looking for. :p
  10. kulps19

    kulps19 New Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    A CSR representative actually promised me that these channels would be back on by Friday. Truth be told, I could not believe that she said it. I even questioned her about it (tried to give her an out) and she stood true to that statement. She didn't say "I think" they should be back or "we are trying" to get them back. She actually said they will be back by Friday. Obviously, this probably wasn't a good statement by her. If they aren't think I have a good reason to call in and get discounts??! :)
  11. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Not really a conspiracy so much as pandering to a demographic to get ratings. Different animals, same result. :)
  12. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    Something needs to be done when providers and networks are going to fight like this.. it's only the viewers that lose. Too bad the sides can't agree to allow carriage for a set amount of time the carriage agreement as a sign of good will to their viewers and customers. This sort of non-sense is happening all too often now between network owners and the various cable, satellite, and telco providers.

    The various cable, satellite, and telco providers will lose customers yet the networks will loose $$$ in the form of lower ratings since fewer people can view their networks and their advertisers know this. Too bad this isn't happening during a sweeps period or else Viacom would be more likely to cave, I would think.
  13. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Actually, if they base their pricing off espn, they would be worth less, not more. Add up how many new hours of programing espn does per channel, and then add up how much new programing per hour viacoms stations have, and then look at each channels view ship. Then add up the exclusivity of eons programing vs that of viacoms, where half their stuff or more is available for free or cheap though many outlets. Viacom is overvalued.

    That's not to say that I don't think espn is getting to much money too, it's just in comparison, viacoms is farther behind than the actual pricing difference, if the numbers we hear are anywhere close to correct, IMHO.
  14. keith_benedict

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007
    A rose by any other name...
  15. underlord2

    underlord2 AllStar

    Dec 1, 2006
    Less political stuff more thread topic please? :whatdidid This thread is migraine inducing. :grrr:
  16. djrobx

    djrobx Godfather

    Jan 26, 2009
    She can't change cheaply while she's under contract. Dish is notorious for getting into contract disputes, the probability that she will go through something like this again under Dish over the course of her 2 year contract is very high.
  17. keith_benedict

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007

    Chances are pretty high just over the next 6 months! It doesn't seem like we can go more than a few months between carrier disputes.
  18. scott72

    scott72 Icon

    Feb 17, 2008
    Welcome to the United States.. :)
  19. Tygh

    Tygh New Member

    May 7, 2006
    Without having to slog thru 61 pages of posts, is there an "average" deal DTV is giving to those that have called in? I have an unhappy teenager at home this summer who is missing her trash tv fix!!!

    Some sort of deal from DTV to help me would be great. Anyone want a teenager on the cheap?????
  20. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    Why do you have to pay the landlords satellite bill? I don't quite understand this. If they want it and you dont watch it why do you have to pay it? Btw you can tell her a lot of those shows are available on Netflix I think. We have that service and a lot that stuff appears to be on it.

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