DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

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

  1. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    This is a matter of survival for Viacom, not DTV. If they can't charge DTV $3.00 a month they will have to lower all their fees for the other cable/sat providers. This isn't going to be resolved soon.
  2. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Well the Weather channel may also be easier now that Dishnetwork softened them up on their renewal. If anyone remembers that.

    As for the Viacom adverts.........

    "Squeaky Wheel Gets the Oil? .... Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets thrown in the trunk and replaced by one that doesn't ..."
  3. tulanejosh

    tulanejosh Godfather

    May 23, 2008
    It's a matter of survival for both of them.
  4. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    I wish we knew the specifics. What Viacom wants. What DirecTV wants. Not what is being claimed in the way of money but info also concerning the programming.
  5. darkpowrjd

    darkpowrjd Mentor

    Jul 10, 2012
    Yeah, I've been wondering that, too, if it's JUST about the money, or if there's something else that Viacom wants that isn't being said. My mind has been more about if they want the other channels they offer, or some of their channels in HD that weren't in HD before the mess began.
  6. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    I am betting Viacom is trying to do to Directv, exactly what Directv does to us.... Pay for all of it (30% more) even if you dont broadcast (watch) it. Bundle baby. "We ALL B U N D L E"
  7. dogs31

    dogs31 Godfather

    Feb 27, 2006
  8. CarolinaGuy79

    CarolinaGuy79 Legend

    Sep 9, 2009
    So Directv has given me a one time $5 off and Starz/Shotime free for 3 months (Since I already had the Encore Channels) guess something is better then nothing.
  9. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    Do you work for Viacom? I really think you are being paid by them. DTV could get rid of Viacom permanently, just like Dish dumped AMC and several of their no-name channels (Sundance and IFC).

    I hope they never come back. But it will be several weeks anyway.
  10. dod1450

    dod1450 Legend

    Dec 16, 2009
    I also received the same. I could not get CSR to budge and I was very very polite,
  11. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    it's just about money. $3 a month. nothing complicated about it.
  12. onan38

    onan38 Legend

    Jul 17, 2008
    I think it will be later than sooner before both sides get this worked out. Remember every penny counts for both sides.
  13. crashHD

    crashHD Godfather

    Feb 29, 2008
    I called DirecTV. I said thank you for resisting price increases, I support your efforts. I am not planning to go anywhere else, but while one of my most viewed channels is absent from my lineup, may I have a discount please?

    I have Premiere, so there's no premium package they could offer me.
    I was offered NFLST, but declined (my only football interest is my local team).
    He then offered me -$10/month for 3 months, and $5 off HBO per month for 6 months.

    I thought that was more than fair. Generous even.

    I did think it was odd they offered NFLST sooner than a total of $60 worth of programming discounts. NFLST is the higher $ value, it's just not worth anything to me without a desire to watch it.
  14. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    Dish Network has been working hard to gain the reputation as the "cheap" provider.

    It's disturbing to see DirecTV play the same penny-pinching games.
  15. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I think its because it doesn't cost them anything to give you free NFL ST, but discounts affect their revenue.

    And I'm glad I checked this thread, because I forgot they were removing the Viacom channels. Glad I checked, well actually, I guess it didn't matter. :rolleyes:
  16. JMCecil

    JMCecil Godfather

    Jan 20, 2007
    I'm not sure I agree with this. I think D* is trying to be responsible. I think D* will pay a premium for service, but when it gets ridiculous they decided they couldn't do it fiscally.

    I'm not claiming that the customer was in mind when they made that decision. I'm pretty sure they know what the pain thresholds are for subscribers and how those thresholds impact the bottom line. I would be that the dramatic increase for devalued content was deemed impractical. But, not from a penny pinching standpoint.
  17. darkpowrjd

    darkpowrjd Mentor

    Jul 10, 2012
    I would agree with you, but then my mind goes to DTV saying that they see no value in G4 before taking it off without a care as to if anyone else actually wanted to watch it or not.

    And let's not forget that the channel Epix has came up in this very thread more than a few times, and that they do have other music channels (other than those that were on DTV pre-blackout) that are not on DTV but ARE on other providers. I'd bet you a lot that Viacom would LOVE to increase its exposure on DTV by getting those other channels on there, too, and I would also bet a lot that it's THAT that could be causing the possible rate hike.

    If that's the case, then DTV might not see how those channels constitute a rate hike of any kind, which mirrors what they thought about G4 (which, by the way, I wouldn't mind having back on DTV), and would cause Viacom to wonder what DTV thinks of them as a whole. And Viacom has also, in their web blog, brought up the Newscorp dispute to say that DTV can be very stubborn at times about their bandwidth and could be indeed lying about some things.

    Don't get me wrong, I think Viacom became the bad guys here the second they did dumb moves in regard to the blackout, but I'm not pretending that DTV are absolute saints here, either. The two are being way too stubborn.
  18. mnassour

    mnassour Icon

    Apr 23, 2002
    I know I don't agree with it. What we're looking at here is nothing less than a huge jump by Viacom for channels that are continuing to lose viewers...and value. Unless DirecTV holds the line here, then provider after provider will be lining up with their hands out and not just for DirecTV, but for Dish and the Cable Cos as well.

    Penny pinching? Hey, I pinch MY pennies. I'm very glad DirecTV is doing the same.
  19. wahooq

    wahooq New Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Tulsa, OK
    Thats the funny part, everyone that is bellyaching about the missing channels can you imagine if they got a bill next month that increased in cost but contained the same programming....

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