DirecTV, Viacom End Bitter Programming Squabble, Reach Long Term Agreement

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axiomatic

I got a better title for this article.

"DirecTV, Viacom stop using consumers as blackmail bargaining chips and learn to play nice before their paying customers changes providers."

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whathuhitwasntme

well since its big enough to scare viacom
get a roku box
stream all the channels you want
direct tv can bite me

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Baer

We did not even miss them, These are basically junk channels anyway and not worth paying for. I want al la carte so I can officially dump garbage channels like this.

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jgrimoldy

One man's junk is another man's entertainment...

(wait, that didn't come out quite the way I meant it)

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DigitalNogi

I'LL TAKE IT!!!

(That came out soooooo right!)

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skirge01

Anyone know how Viacom counts 26 channels versus the 17 channels DirecTV kept talking about?

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ddimick

This is marketing math.

For the purposes of a dispute, Viacom counts the SD/HD duplicates as two channels each while DirecTV counts them as one channel. Until DirecTV sells you a plan, in which case they use the same math as Viacom to make it appear you're getting more than you are.

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ddimick

I dropped DirecTV after 10 years primarily because I'm uninterested in being a part of their contract negotiations. Ever notice there are never any details around the agreed contract? It's just a game their negotiating teams play with each other. It's annoying and, worse than that, it's ineffective.

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jonnyohio

I was only mildly affected by all this when my dvr recorded a half hour long display of the directtv logo instead of tosh.0. I didn't lose any sleep over it though.

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chart2006

That is exacly what happened with me. I DVR Tosh.0 and it was the only show I mist of all the Viacom stations. Don't get me wrong I still want to watch it if I can find it but agreed didn't lose sleep over it.

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wolfing

I wish they had just said 'No'. It's high time the industry moved to 'a-la-carte' programming instead of forcing people to get (and pay for) 50 channels they don't care about to get the 2 or 3 we want.

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bling581

My dad told me this week that even after they got DirectTV and have a ton of channels my mom still flipped through the channels, threw down the remote and said "there's nothing good on". True stuff. When I go home to visit most of the time I can't find anything decent either, and they have over 100 channels. I used to have HD DirectTV myself and I cancelled because it wasn't worth the $80 or so a month that I was paying.

Until mass amounts of people start cancelling their services I doubt you'll see any change as far as making a la carte an option. There's simply too many people that are willing to pay to have their ESPN or whatever they're addicted to.

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chart2006

It's the ESPN that pisses me off because all I want are my science channels in HD. The big one we don't have in HD is H2 of which I watch more than any other station. I ask DTV if they have any plans on bringing it in?! Nope! It's because they focus all most exclusively on sport stations. The sport addicts are really ruining the rest of TV for us. Lets see what's on; ESPN1, ESPN2, ESPN99999999, NFL1-99999999, NHL1-999999999, NBA1-9999999999, & MLB1-99999999. :-p

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Strangelove_424

I've found there are more quality science shows (astronomy, archaeological history, and zoology) on Netflix than cable. The Netflix stuff is still produced by companies like NatGeo, History Channel, and Discovery, but when I watched their actual cable channels all I saw were fisherman flopping around on boats, muddy catfish wranglers, and truckers who drive on ice. The quality and the value of the programming nose-dived. It's much cheaper to produce reality-based crap, but I won't pay them for it. Netflix also has independent documentaries and oddball stuff like TEDtalks. So not only is the content on-demand and high quality, its also refreshingly different, and often comes from a more honest perspective.

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Benjo

After a couple of years of exclusively using Netflix, I find it hard to watch regular TV again. I would consider getting cable/satellite if we can get (and only pay for) the 5-10 channels we actually watch.

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mls067

yep, and as IPTV grows and matures--i.e. makes it much easier for the average person to use and understand--these media giants will either have to conform or go under.Not the same type of media company, but look at what happened to AOL when broadband started to take charge. Lack of innovation and adapting killed that company.

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