Last week, as a result of a contract dispute with Direct TV, Viacom pulled all 26 of its channels from the service. The main issue: Viacom wants to raise their fees by 30%, while Direct TV believes it is too much. So for us Direct TV subscribers it has meant missing programming for Comedy Central, Spike TV, and MTV. No Tosh.O, no Repo Games, no Snooki and JWOWW…ok maybe we’re not upset about that one.
How long will this dispute last? Who’s at fault in this fight? We went to TV Guide’s Michael Schneider for the latest news.
Disputes between networks and carriers happen all the time, but as bad as they sound, usually get solved before the deadline. However, like in the case of Direct TV vs. G4, or more recently, Dish Network vs. AMC, a compromise isn’t always reached.
In the case of Viacom and Direct TV, Michael says both sides are at fault. Production costs have gone up for networks, which is why Viacom is going for the price hike. Direct TV is also mad that Viacom makes too much of its content available online. In the end, Michael believes that conflicts like this will push more and more viewers to ditch cable and satellite, and rely on getting their shows online.
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