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Viacom Channels Risk DirecTV Blackout at Midnight Tuesday .
WSJ.com ^ | July 10, 2012 | William Launder

Posted on 07/10/2012 11:17:17 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult

Viacom Inc. (VIA, VIAB) channels could go dark for DirecTV Group Inc. (DTV) subscribers at midnight in one of the more-significant recent standoffs over television carriage fees.

The pending blackout further highlighted mounting pressure on Viacom, which has seen its ratings fall off in recent months for top shows like Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants" and MTV's "Jersey Shore."

Viacom class A shares fell 2% Tuesday to $49.98, while DirecTV shares slid 0.5% to $48.77.

Viacom is seeking an increase of 30%, or more than $1 billion, in carriage fees, DirecTV said in a statement on its website Tuesday. The country's second-largest pay-television operator, reaching about 20 million households in the U.S., said it is still "working diligently on a new agreement" to keep Viacom channels available for its subscribers.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: directtv; media; tv; viacom
Looks like the opening shots of a war that's going to go way beyond these companies and this deal.
1 posted on 07/10/2012 11:17:25 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

if it takes out “jersey shore”, it can’t be all bad.


2 posted on 07/10/2012 11:20:08 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Last week Dish dropped AMC and their related channels.


3 posted on 07/10/2012 11:20:16 AM PDT by engrpat (A village in Kenya is missing their idiot...lets send him back)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

looked up the affected channels. I might miss Spike (I sometimes catch Auction Hunters, and a few movies they carry), but otherwise, no loss for me. Wonder if my monthly bill will go down as a result...


4 posted on 07/10/2012 11:22:00 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

There are,at most,a half dozen channels that I watch.None of them are major networks (except during football season).


5 posted on 07/10/2012 11:22:27 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President Of My Lifetime)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Viacom also owns CBS. *snicker*


6 posted on 07/10/2012 11:24:29 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Yea, like I’d really miss Jersey Shore. This is no big deal. DirecTV always works these things out. Even if they don’t, who is going to miss Jersey Shore?


7 posted on 07/10/2012 11:28:19 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

So? Millions of customer have lost a bunch of crap..who cares??


8 posted on 07/10/2012 11:31:29 AM PDT by JSDude1
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To: righttackle44

In the end the networks have far more to lose from the loss of those eyeballs than the other way around. Their advertisers will be calling for discounts off the rate card within minutes.


9 posted on 07/10/2012 11:32:30 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Gay State Conservative
Some of these I used to watch but don't anymore. TVLand decided that 90s shows are now classics so they show many I can find on other networks. MTV only got me back just for the relaunch of Beavis and Butthead but they're not showing it anymore. Will miss South Park but not as much as previous seasons. Most of the other Viacom stations take up listing space I have to skip over.

I would love a la carte TV but I still don't think it's going to come soon. Would love to see many of these channels have to try and survive in the open market.

10 posted on 07/10/2012 11:32:40 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: engrpat
Last week Dish dropped AMC and their related channels.
Good for them. I remember when AMC was commercial free but stopped watching a couple of years ago.
The frequency and length of the commercial interruptions made the movies unwatchable.
I wouldn't be surprised if AMC is close to 15 minutes for show and 15 for commercials today.
11 posted on 07/10/2012 11:32:49 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

It’s a dying business model. Two of my grown daughters don’t even have cable into their households.


12 posted on 07/10/2012 11:34:04 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Weird. I saw the message yesterday (SpongeBob was on for the kiddies). I called DirecTV immediately (I watch Spike, and the kiddies love SpongeBob) and was told that they’d already reached an agreement and to not worry about it.


13 posted on 07/10/2012 11:47:48 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: oh8eleven

I’m with you on AMC. I sent them a nasty email when they started the commercials thing. I did get hooked on Breaking Bad, but I’ll get over it. I’ll just watch it online after the season is over.

I’m hooked on TCM now. Great old movies with no commercials. I’ll watch that till they ruin it, then I suppose I’ll just dump cable and watch what I want online. I used to be a sports addict but with all the scumbags on my teams now, I won’t even miss them.

It’s funny, there was more to watch when I only got 3 channels.


14 posted on 07/10/2012 11:47:51 AM PDT by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Every time the cable company would have these carriage fee battles, DirecTV was there running nasty ads against the cable companies. So here's a counter ad:

"When you have DirecTV, you miss your favorite Viacom shows.
When you miss your favorite Viacom shows, you get depressed.
When you get depressed, you think of suicide.
When you think of suicide, you head for a nearby bridge.
When you reach a nearby bridge, you get sideswiped by a drunk driver,
When you get sideswiped by a drunk driver, you tumble backwards off the bridge and hit your head on concrete.
When you hit your head on concrete, you wake up in severe pain in a semi-private room next to a screaming man with flatulence.
Don't wake up next to a screaming man with flatulence.
Get cable and don't miss your favorite shows."

15 posted on 07/10/2012 11:49:20 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Sporke
It’s funny, there was more to watch when I only got 3 channels.

Ain't that the truth.

16 posted on 07/10/2012 11:53:03 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: cicero2k

There is an episode of the original Star Trek where Mr. Spock reveals that the medium known as television “did not survive much beyond the start of the 21st. Century”.


17 posted on 07/10/2012 11:53:39 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Viacom needs to realize that if your ratings are tanking (your product is becoming more unpopular) you cannot expect your broadcasters to pay more for it (you cannot raise prices and expect people to suddenly decide to buy it.)


18 posted on 07/10/2012 12:06:52 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

As long as I get to see Breaking Bad I am fine.


19 posted on 07/10/2012 12:19:27 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

I saw the battle of the banners today when my Grandson was watching SpongBob.

On top banner, Viacom claiming that DirecTV would black out their channels at midnight.

The bottom banner was from DirecTV claiming that Viacom wants to raise the rates by 30% (an extra billion dollars)theirhier channels but it was “unlikely” that they (Viacom)would actually go through with removing the channels.


20 posted on 07/10/2012 12:23:11 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
I read up on some of this (I have direcTV). Looks like direcTV wants to keep paying the same seven year old rate, when all the other carriers are paying more. They characterize it as Viacom wanting to raise the subscriber's rates 30%. Sorry, direcTV. If my rates get raised, it will be direcTV's fault - they're the ones I pay, not viacom.

My kids will miss Nick stuff, but I don't watch much stuff anyway; some ION, NHLN, ID, etc. I emailed directv and told them if they drop viacom, I'd better see a rate decrease or they're history.

21 posted on 07/10/2012 12:31:50 PM PDT by jeffc (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
I like DirecTV BUT I resent having to pay for all the channels that I do not want to watch in order to get the 10 - 12 that I do want to watch The business model of the 'cable' industry SUCKS!
22 posted on 07/10/2012 12:53:00 PM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Viacom dios!

I always wanted to do that...

23 posted on 07/10/2012 1:04:35 PM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: Spktyr

I wish channels were offered al a carte. I would only pay for a few dozen, rather than 100. If there were enough like met the lefty channels would file for bankruptcy.


24 posted on 07/10/2012 1:28:35 PM PDT by Voltage
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To: Sporke
It’s funny, there was more to watch when I only got 3 channels.
I remember when cable TV started spreading across the country and saying to myself - I'll NEVER pay for TV. LOL ...
The only redeeming value of Ted Turner's sorry, left wing, commie-loving, whacko life is TCM.
25 posted on 07/10/2012 1:43:44 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: dfwgator; Sporke
there was more to watch when I only got 3 channels.

You guys must not watch sports or biz channels on cable.

26 posted on 07/10/2012 1:49:04 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"There is an episode of the original Star Trek where Mr. Spock reveals that the medium known as television “did not survive much beyond the start of the 21st. Century”.

Phasers on stuned!

27 posted on 07/10/2012 2:22:55 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: IYAS9YAS

Direct and Viacom are still running notices that it’s not a done deal. Viacom’s notice has it at 25 channels.


28 posted on 07/10/2012 5:55:06 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
It's almost funny now now with both Direct TV and Viacom running dueling crawlers on the subject stations. The messages blame each other.
29 posted on 07/10/2012 8:37:29 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

And why is this bad? Who watches these bad channels?


30 posted on 07/10/2012 8:45:34 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

You can watch the vast majority of those programs online.


31 posted on 07/10/2012 8:46:56 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: Fledermaus
DirectTV now shows something called a mix channel on all of those former Viacom stations.
32 posted on 07/10/2012 11:50:23 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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