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

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.
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  • blueice
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    After a decade or more of continuous increases in rates consumers are beginning to pull the plug on cable...

     

    The cable companies know the numbers, however, hollyweed and their production companies are out of the lop...

     

    Of those 17 channels, how many are really being watch, in any great number...? The direct cost to subscribers is more than likely $10 to $15 per month; of which, less than half are even viewed..

     

    Direct should disconnect and let Viacom lose $200 million or more per month in revenue...Much of cable programming is simply retread TV that you once got free..

     

    We gave up the high end cable and switch to poverty cable, because paying $90.oo per month for mostly crap programming did not make cents anymore...

     

    The cost for cable has exploded and now consumers are heading to the bunkers...
    11 Jul 2012, 06:02 AM Reply Like
  • davidingeorgia
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    We lost Viacom networks, huh? Funny, but I never noticed. If most subscribers to DirecTV are like my family, they could switch off something north of 200 channels, and we'd never notice. Isn't there an old Springsteen lyric along the lines of "57 channels and nothing on"? More like 200 or 300, Mr. Springsteen.
    11 Jul 2012, 07:28 AM Reply Like
  • patriciothemick
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    Shareholder and pleased since I became one.
    11 Jul 2012, 01:57 PM Reply Like
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