DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Viacom's Facebook page is suggesting DirecTv customers call to get free stuff....

    How tacky is that?

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  2. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    I think what's worse than that is that CNN considers that Tech News. But they've had a bad week with that, so at least it's accurate unlike one earlier this week.
  3. john18

    john18 Active Member

    Nov 21, 2006
    I never really thought about it before but it is a valid question. Why should D* be paying Viacom and then Viacom gives the same programming away for free over the internet? That is outrageous.
  4. Lucid504

    Lucid504 Legend

    Mar 26, 2008
    Thankfully i have another way to watch TNA Impact tonight or id be pissed about the only thing i watch on the channels removed i enjoy Redneck Island also but thats about it.
  5. keith_benedict

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007
    I watch Monday Night Football religiously. If ESPN went away, I'd get over it. And if you said that ESPN was a waste of transponder space, I wouldn't disagree with you.

    My position on these carrier disputes has softened quite a bit over the years. I used to take it personally when one of my channels went away--Versus HD and FX, for example. Now? Not so much.

    I've discovered for myself that most of these channels have only one or two shows worth watching out of hours and hours of programming. It really makes me wonder if all the money I spend is worth it; if I'm any better off.

    I've come the conclusion that I am not better off and it's not worth it. I'm downgrading my plan to the cheapest one they have. I'll take the money I save and buy a book or a movie. Maybe I'll up my Netflix plan to 3 movies a month instead of the two I get right now.

    So, for those of you up in arms about not being able to watch Colbert, Jersey Shores, Tosh.0 (this one actually hurts a bit), Teen Mom and all the other crap on TV, pull the trigger and switch carriers.

    Just remember that, when you do, you score points for the providers who are, in part, directly responsible for the cost of your bill each month.
  6. keith_benedict

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007
    Because there's a HUGE difference between watching it on your computer screen and watching it on your TV. Oh wait, no there's not.
  7. mortimer

    mortimer Legend

    Nov 5, 2007
    Are you serious? It's ESPN's fault that other providers signed a contract with Viacom with stipulations that mean DirecTV must pay more for Viacom than these other providers?

    I'd love to see the justification for this position. It makes absolute zero sense.
  8. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    i've already posted last nights futurama in streamable area for few friends of mine, come next week if no agreement made or no progress made I cancel.
    will use OTA and internet.
    is no cable here so D or E was only option.
    this is second dispute in 30 days for me and I am done being caught in the middle. I will go w/o or steal the shows and watch them.

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    Love that show!
  10. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    In my recollection of 12 years with DirecTV, I think this is the first time channels were actually pulled because of a negotiation impasse.

    While I do miss some of the Viacom shows, I support DirecTV and especially their president/CEO for playing hard ball. How many of these ridiculous increases can happen before most people drop subscription TV all together?

    And it's not just DirecTV that is playing hard ball. DISH dropped AMC and I read that the local cable system (Time-Warner) is dropping the local ABC affiliate today at midnight due to a dispute with Hearst!!

    You may want your MTV but imagine if you lost your ABC programming!!!
  11. shendley

    shendley Hall Of Fame

    Nov 27, 2005
    Still trying to deal with the practical matter of how to get my Stewart/Colbert fix next week (yes, I confess, I am an addict!). I was considering getting a Roku to stream them off Hulu. It appears that Hulu still has access to them online, which is curious since I thought Viacom had pulled them from streaming services. I know that when you click on The Daily Show at Amazon's Instant Videos you now get a message saying they're no longer available. Anyone know what's up with the Hulu exception? Or am I wrong that it's an exception, making it a waste of money to get a Roku for just Stewart and Colbert?
  12. keith_benedict

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007
    Your recollection isn't correct. We lost Versus a few years ago for several months. A couple months ago, I lost one of my locals in the Sacramento DMA due to a dispute.

    The majority of the time, it does not come to losing channels.
  13. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    iirc there is contract issue if they were to pull them off hulu.
    sucks that futurama is not on it.

    and I've had channels pulled few weeks back over the Diversified Communication issue. second time in 30 days for me.
    then there was versus last year or so.
  14. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    And there's many more that just don't think it's funny. I "get" what Monty Python is doing (for example), I just don't think it's funny - on the contrary, I think it's predictable and stupid.
  15. gregftlaud

    gregftlaud Hall Of Fame

    Nov 20, 2005
    Yah Workaholics is a funny show. Comedy Central is a must for me. Along with Workaholics, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Tosh.0, South Park.

    Lucily if this dispute doesnt get resolved by next week I can get my Comedy Central fix with my Roku Player/Amazon on demand.

    I wonder at this point how much push advertisers are putting on Viacom to get the channels back up on DTV? Missing out on potential millions of viewers cant be good for the Viacom-Advertiser relationship.
  16. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV

    I wonder if DIRECTV can sue Viacom for damages once this is all over... :rolleyes:
  17. SomeRandomIdiot

    SomeRandomIdiot Godfather

    Jan 6, 2009
    Clear Channel sold all their TV Properties years ago....they only own radio so there certainly was no Clear Channel dispute in the past few weeks. :confused:
  18. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    yeah I got them mixed up with Diversified Communication
    will correct post.
    CC still owns the radio station here associated with WABI
  19. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    They axed G4 altogether also.
  20. kokishin

    kokishin Godfather

    Sep 30, 2006
    Viacom has acted extremely immature from the time they put their crawl screen up to this. Must be difficult for Directv to negotiate with SpongeBob Squarepants.


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