DirecTV/Viacom Trade Barbs in Retrans Battle
Satcaster says inclusion of Epix delays deal
By Mike Farrell, Multichannel News -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/18/2012 6:28:25 PM
Viacom pulled its 17 networks, including Comedy Central, MTV, BET and Nickelodeon from DirecTV's 20 million customers on July 10 after it could not reach a carriage agreement.
DirecTV has cited Viacom's exorbitant rate increase demands - 30% according to their estimates -- which Viacom has claimed amounts to just pennies per day. The fight got increasingly nasty as the days progressed - at one point Viacom blocked access to full episodes of some of its programming online after DirecTV advertised the Internet as an alternative source for its customers during the dispute. The programmerreinstated those shows on July 17.
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