Say it ain’t so!
DirecTV just dropped 25 channels, including Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central! Why on earth would they do this?! Over money, of course.
DirecTV and Viacom are blaming each other for the blackout, which began around midnight. It was a result of a dispute the contract for the Viacom-owned channels.
Keep reading for more… after the jump!
Over 20 million households are now without their favorite shows, and not all of them are available on the Internet to watch. Why? Because Viacom also took episodes of “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” and some other popular shows off its Web sites. Rude!
But that’s what you do when money is on the line, I suppose. These types of negotiations are fairly common and the world at large rarely knows about them. But this one has gotten messy, and now the TV show viewers who pay good money for cable are the ones suffering.
According to a Viacom statement, “DirecTV refused to engage in meaningful conversation. We are hopeful that DirecTV will work with us toward a resolution and stop denying its subscribers access to the networks they watch most.”
DirecTV then said that they tried to get Viacom to negotiate, but “never heard back” from the them.
Can’t we all just get along!?