DirecTV's (DTV) almost 20M subscribers last night lost access to 17 Viacom (VIA) networks,...

|By:, SA News Editor

DirecTV's (DTV) almost 20M subscribers last night lost access to 17 Viacom (VIA) networks, including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central, after the satellite broadcaster dropped the channels because of a failure of the two companies to forge a new deal over carriage fees. The dispute follows a fight between Dish and AMC Networks in June.