DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. keith_benedict

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007
    Tell her to read a book!

    That's what we told our son!
  2. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
  3. FlyinV

    FlyinV AllStar

    Oct 13, 2007
    Directv and Comcast Sportsnet NW were reported to be very close to reaching an agreement to get that channel on the satellite.

    2+ years ago.. Channel still not here.

    So maybe these viacom channels will never come back.
  4. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    $5 a month credit for a few months seems doable.
  5. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Ah, you can't yet set recordings for the Hi Definition channel, it's not in the guide yet. Your setting recordings for the sd channel.

    Edit, I see they have something weird going on with the view upcoming, but I wouldn't trust it. I'd wait till the channel actually shows in the regular guide. Your safer that way.
  6. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    HBO was on DIRECTV for a long time, years by some reports without a contract as the two companies worked on getting a new contract. DIRECTV said they offered to do the same here. I think it's unreasonable to say that after that they shouldn't say anything, they have the right and I expect them to respond, and their responses in public to what Viacom has said is a lot more dignified than what Viacom has been openly doing in public. I haven't seen anything underhanded, wether you like the or not, from DIRECTV. From Viacom, has any of it not been underhanded?
  7. F1 Fan

    F1 Fan Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    Its only a 1933 Errol Flynn movie - I can live if it doesnt record :D
  8. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I'd put my math up against any package, unless you don't get your locals. If you don't get you're locals, then maybe... I did forget about that.
  9. gio12

    gio12 Icon

    Jul 31, 2006
    Miami, Fl
    never mind....
  10. tulanejosh

    tulanejosh Godfather

    May 23, 2008
    Workaholics is the I'm exceptionally butt hurt over potentially not getting a Ders fix next week.
  11. susanandmark

    susanandmark Godfather

    Feb 15, 2007

    So, let me get this straight. She shouldn't change to DISH due to the fact that DISH has two-year contracts (just like DirecTV) and because of the CHANCE that DISH may have more carrier disputes (just like the one DirecTV is embroiled in right now)?

    Pot, have you met Kettle?

    Look, a couple years back DISH solicited our neighborhood (and I'm sure many others) with fliers saying they'd pay your ETF fee to switch to them. I hadn't seen that before and was intrigued enough to take the time to ask DirecTV if they'd match that offer for a customer of another service. They immediately said yes, up to the value of their own ETF charges.

    I certainly couldn't guarantee it, but I'm sure if DISH does do the same thing in six months and she calls up DirecTV and says she'd be happy to return EXCEPT for this pesky ETF from DISH, something would be worked out. This is my speculation, not hers, but playing the maybe/might-happen card to parry an actual ongoing situation is silly.

    Like I said earlier, mostly what keeps me with DirecTV is inertia. I don't want to have to go through all the hassle and up front expense of a switch. But I'm also not the typical customer. I think my neighbor (whom I am solely using as an example since she could care less what any of you think; not that I plan to discuss it again with her) is more typical. They've got three or four HDTVs in the house. Each with its own sat box, a couple (or maybe just one) of which are DVRs. They use multiple remotes to control their various components and don't stress too much over the provider, or settings. Having DISH come in and swap out their stuff was no big deal to her. She let the guy do it all and, when I talked to her as he was leaving, said she was happy and that it looked exactly the same as DirecTV to her.

    So, she's got the channels back she noticed were missing. All new equipment, a groovy new customer deal and, overall, feels she really lucked out. She actually said she was GLAD this happened so she could do this, since she wouldn't have bothered to otherwise (that same inertia, I feel).

    For me, personally, it feels like a bigger deal because we have a lot more equipment (expanded DVRs on every TV, lots of time consuming series recordings set-up, a great deal of recorded content we'd lose) and I'm super-particular about our home theater set-ups in general (indivdually programed remotes, etc.). Switching is not a two-hour, no-up-front cost proposition and that, far more than a contract is what's keeping me with DirecTV, for now.

    When I start to actually really miss the shows I like to watch, like in the next week or so, that equation might start to shift in favor of another provider for me.
  12. BK89

    BK89 Legend

    Sep 18, 2007
    HAHA! Great post!! I am sure they will get this figured out soon. Until then, what would Der's do? Torrent. Screw Viacom.
  13. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    Viacom channels will come back because it has enough brands with identity. MTV. VH1. CMT. BET. Comedy Central. Spike TV. Nickelodeon. TV Land.

    Perhaps we should place our bets on the following:

    Which provider will be the first to reach a new deal and return recently lost programming?
    A. Dish Network: AMC Networks
    B. DirecTV: Viacom​
  14. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    My 16 year old DOES read books, she helps with the house work and she gets to watch 2 hours of tv a day - she is not happy that the channels she enjoys are gone.

    Neither am I, for those of you that keep saying that the channels are not worth anything, reverse the senario, in my case espn, rsn's are not worht the waste of tranponder space - wonder how you would be reactiing if it was your "prefered viewing habit" channels....

    Could care less about internet availability of the channels - my provider has caps and enforce them religiously so those are not an option.
  15. oldengineer

    oldengineer Godfather

    May 25, 2008
    B, and it won't be close. Dish has given out a lot of free Roku boxes and credits to subs to compensate for losing AMC. Since they are also involved in a legal dispute with Rainbow it looks like it's gonna be a long wait.
  16. susanandmark

    susanandmark Godfather

    Feb 15, 2007
    This and other comments like "go outside" or the back in my day we walked two miles in the snow to school uphill, both ways stories are so non-analogous to the situation that it's not even funny.

    We're not talking about people saying, 'Woe is me I can't afford pay TV.' I think everyone (every sane person, anyway) can agree that cable and/or satellite service or, heck, even TV at all, is a want, not a need.

    The issue is that we are paying for a service that said they would provide such-and-such content, and they are not providing it. Yes, you can say that their contracts allows them to drop programming at will, or call and you'll be compensated, but the bottom line here is not getting something you expected, and paid for. Not entitlement. Not laziness. Not the downfall of America and all that is holy.

    DirecTV is a company that sells television services. It's not a religion. Or a political party. Though one would be hard pressed to ascertain that based on the ferver via which it is defended here on a daily basis.

    And speaking of which ... All the "it's crap and there's no quality programming so I hope it never comes back" stuff is also just nonsensical. There's lots of stuff people eat, read, watch and enjoy that I think is stupid, vile or just downright obnoxious, but I can't imagine wasting five seconds of my life telling strangers. And, frankly, I care just as much about what they think about my leisure time activity choices (i.e. not at all). C'mon people, you (and I) are on an Internet message board posting about a television service ... Judgement regarding what other people do for entertainment is probably best withheld.
  17. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

    Mar 23, 2002
    It's called a rental agreement. Rent + Internet + DirecTV.
  18. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    of course it's not just Sci fi. But there are different kinds of geeks to me. And I use that term in a positive sense, not derogatory. I'm a geek myself.

    But yeah, they do tend to be. In the non Sci fi realm, there are quite a few Americans that don't get some of the British humor that I find hilarious. Gordon Ramsay on BBC is much different than the Fox Ramsay on Hell's Kitchen or even Ktchen Nightmares.
  19. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Maybe just go with "Talking Heads" :)
  20. opfreak

    opfreak Legend

    May 8, 2008
    I wonder how many of the people defending DTV here, also attack users for feeling 'entitled' to discounts when their contract ends.

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