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DirecTV subscribers could be without Spike TV after tonight



From Viacom:

Viacom’s distribution agreement with DirecTV is set to expire at midnight on Tuesday, July 10. We’ve been negotiating for months and even offered DirecTV an extension past the agreement’s original June 30 expiration date. As recently as today, we made significant economic movement in direct conversations with DirecTV.

However, despite our best efforts, DirecTV has rejected all of our proposals to renew our agreement. This evening, DirecTV provided Viacom with a counter proposal that included a lower rate than Viacom receives from any other distributor in the industry. With this offer, our negotiations have reached an impasse.

This means that, as of tomorrow night, nearly 20 million DirecTV subscribers will be without entertainment from the programmer they watch most. A total of 26 Viacom channels, including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, VH1, CMT, Spike TV, TV Land and more won’t be available.

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4 Responses

  1. Travis says:

    That sucks glad I have Comcast xifinity

  2. soccer20649 says:

    DAMN…

  3. loo s says:

    If it will rid me of the jersey shore idiots, them im perfectly happy…the only thing imma miss is Tosh and workaholics….

  4. Bill says:

    The inner English major is coming out of me now…I’m going to write a short article here lol…please bear with me.

    DirecTV has had issues over the past few years with numerous networks, and so hasn’t Dish Network.
    Last summer, DirecTV nearly lost all the Fox Networks (All Fox Sports networks, FX, Fox News, Fox Movies, etc.), due to a disagreement on programming fees. This would have became a serious problem for DirecTV, as over 50% of programming supplied on their MLB Extra Innings package was supplied by Fox. They managed to come to an agreement on the final day of the contract and there were no changes or interruptions in service.
    At the end of June, AMC Networks (owners of AMC, IFC, etc.) was unable to come to an agreement with Dish Network. Many AMC fans quickly decided to change their service to due the inability to see the soon-coming series premiere of “Breaking Bad” and other AMC favorites. The day after the agreement was over, AMC went on a media rant with television and radio service providers asking viewers/listeners to leave Dish and switch to a different provider.
    As of tonight, DirecTV’s current fee agreement with Viacom (owners of MTV, Nickelodeoon, Spike, Comedy Central) comes to an end. If the two companies can not come an an agreement by midnight EST, DirecTV subscribers will not be seeing any Viacom networks in the morning.

    Fun times…

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