Viacom Networks Pulled From DirecTV at Deadline
DirecTV says its last proposals were ignored
By Jon Lafayette -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/11/2012 12:11:30 AMViacom Yanks Free TV Shows From Web Amid DirecTV Impasse
DirecTV said 17 of Viacom's TV networks were pulled from its system at about midnight ET.
"We have been very willing to get a deal done, but Viacom is pushing DirecTV customers to pay more than a 30% increase, which equates to an extra $1 billion, despite the fact that the ratings for many of their main networks have plummeted and much of Viacom's programming can be seen for free online," said Derek Chang, DirecTV executive VP of content, strategy and development. "Viacom sent us a letter last night that outlined our obligations to remove the channels by midnight or face legal action just as they were falsely telling viewers DirecTV was responsible. Let's be clear, Viacom took these channels away from DirecTV viewers."
In a statement, Viacom said that DirecTV dropped the channels at 11:50 p.m. ET without giving Viacom advanced warning. The last time Viacom was contacted by DirecTV was at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Viacom said.
Viacom said in a statement: "We are deeply disappointed that DirecTV dropped Viacom's channels before our midnight deadline this evening, severing our connection with its nearly 20 million subscribers nationwide. We proposed a fair deal that amounted to an increase of only a couple pennies per day, per subscriber, and we remained willing to negotiate that deal right up to this evening's deadline. However, DirecTV refused to engage in meaningful conversation. We are hopeful that DirecTV will work with us toward a resolution, and stop denying its subscribers access to the networks they watch most."
DirecTV said it was providing alternatives to Viacom's channels for its customers.
"We understand that Viacom's actions are inconveniencing our customers so we are doing everything we can to help them find alternative programming until this gets resolved," Chang said. "Customers will now see a variety of replacement channels available to them on one screen, in a Mix Channel format, when they tune to a Viacom channel. For instance, those going to the Nickelodeon channel slot will see alternative choices for children's programming such as The Disney Channel, ABC Family, Cartoon Network, PBS Sprout, The Hub and Boomerang."
Chang noted that there were other ways to see full-length Viacom episodes for free, including going to www.directvpromise.com and clicking on the "Other Ways to Watch" tab.
One thing to keep in mind is that while things like hulu and netflix are great. you still miss out on a lot. hulu is good for new episodes for most shows and they do have some full series, but premium channels and most standard cable channels you miss out on and netflix the same they show primarily older episodes in some cases customers have to wait a year or more to catch up on the previous season. I have researched this and I know that many companies are never going to allow all of their programming to b available on these markets cuz then they would lose a lot of money. Disney I know is one of these companies and they own a lot, probably more than most people realize. so unless you're a minimal tv watcher cutting the cord may not be the best option, but ditch satellite move to COX best service I have ever had and I have had both.
Rick Gross - 7/14/2012 1:57:09 PM EDT
soooooooooooo excited to be switching back to COX!!! thanks DIRECT TV for pushing me to move back to COX!!!!
ADISHIA WILLIS - 7/11/2012 3:48:02 PM EDT
I personally am tired of both companies acting like children when customers pay good money for service. The on air messages scaring children and customers is poor business practice that is why this morning I went to Wal-mart and purchased a Roku box to tryout for $99.00
They have cheaper models but I chose the best one which allows you to stream Netflix and Hulu plus in addition to hundreds of other free channels to your tv.
direct tv about $120 a month
roku box one time $99.00/per tv
Hulu Plus $8.00 a month
Netflix $8.00 a month
$120.00 - $16.00 = $104.00 a month in savings!!
Direct tv and Viacom can take a flying leap off a bridge the greedy CEO's
Tiffany Wiggins - 7/11/2012 1:26:19 PM EDT
DirecTV: I am with the previous poster Terry in wondering if my bill will be reduced by about $.04 per day since I am no longer getting the Viacom channels. Also, I'd like to ask where you were when this long-time customer's monthly bill was increased by $2 per month for "sports" because I live in a certain area of the country? Your CEO Mike White has taped a message saying Viacom wants us to pay substantially more for all of their networks, even those we don’t watch or care about. He says that Viacom should let us pick and choose which of their networks we want to watch and pay for, and yet you don't let us pick and choose which networks we want to pay for. I'd love to quit paying for the shopping, SonicTap, Spanish language, sports channels and more.
Loretta - 7/11/2012 12:47:56 PM EDT
My question to DirecTV is: When the Viacom channels go off the system, will customers' bills be reduced by the amount DTV is no longer paying to Viacom? After all, customers shouldn't pay for something their not getting. I've asked this twice to DTV and have gotten two form-letter non-answers. Maybe somebody at B&C can get a square answer from these guys.
Terry Etter - 7/11/2012 12:13:15 PM EDT
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