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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dxtrfn80, Jul 16, 2012.
Shortly after the Lakers sign Howard, the Viacom / Directv dispute will end.
If it last's a long time, meaning 3-4 months, i think Directv will begin looking at creating a specific page for the viacom group of channels and seperate them from everything else while adding others to lower tier packages.. With so many channels falling under a few big companies, this is likely the future..
Besides that, i'm sure advertisers with viacom channels have already began to make adjustments to their advertising budgets, knowing there are apprx 20 million viewers less with access to those channels. They are not going to pay the same rate to advertise on Mtv or spike as below and that will really impact viacoms bottom line.
According to Directv Facebook, they are getting close to a deal!
They better be getting all available HD feeds with the new deal.
I'm sure all renegotiated deals have terms regarding HD.
(And perhaps other features as well...)
Who cares? Git er done!
As it drags on more will get disenchanted by Direct and will look for other options and switch to other providers. Today is a week and IMHO too long. They need to quit beating around the bush and get down to business. Updates on directv promise are sugarcoated and offer no real substance so there is no real way of telling what really is happening. If things were good it would have been over already. Since that is not the case you can get an idea of the truth behind closed doors.
It will come to a point that both will realize that the bottom line $$$ is getting hurt beyond profits. When that happens a resolution will be done overnight. Until then expect it to drag on.
they may have to stop playing at Wrigley Field or blow the place up and rebuild it for that to happen.
Finally people understand.
Or more will decide that Viacom channels and programs are mostly not must see TV and will stick with D*. BTW, that would describe me on day 1 of this!
From the hints dropped by DirecTV over the past 24 hours, I think the negotiations are basically done. Maybe they have one more day to tie up loose ends and then a day or two for the accountants and lawyers to go over everything and write up a formal contract.
I'm betting the Viacom channels will be back on the air by the weekend. I'll bet a beer at Del's Bar for anybody in the La Crosse, WI, area who wants to take me up on my bet.
We can hope, but I won't believe it till I see the channels back.
Uh, both sides know that going in.
And the longer it drags out, the more folks realize there are other channels that sub for much of what Viacom puts out. The longer Viacom is gone the more viewers they lose even when they're back on DIRECTV®. Of course, there will be a few thousand who have already bailed.
If there was a provider that never had disputes or channels taken down for any period of time, then I would agree with you. Since there is not, and since there is absolutely no guarantee that the Viacom channels would not be taken down for an indeterminant length of time by the provider that one might switch, then I do not agree.that a significant number of customers will leave DirecTV over this dispute. Sure, some will, but that number will be small in comparison to the number of viewers that Viacom is losing.
It would have been nice if the negotiations had been completed before the old contract expired, but that did not happen. Now that the channels are down, I would prefer the negotiations take as long as necessary to come to the best agreement. Agreements that are reached quickly might not be the best in the long term. A week is not much time. A month or two seems reasonable.
I believe the day that all carriers carry virtually all the same channels is over. Money as now entered into the equation with a much bigger role. So this will be the new norm and the providers will carry only the channels that they think will provide them with the biggest subscriber base with the least amount of channels that they can put into a mid-tier package. Sort of like a round about way of back dooring al-a-carte programing. So if you like channel x you will have to find which provider has it.
The only thing I really want is all sports channels in HD. That's it. I don't care who offers it. DirecTV is the closest thing I've found to what I want.
That is my vote.
Gee, I was way off on this prediction!:lol: