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TWC DUMPS CURRENT TV AFTER SALE TO AL-JAZEERA

January 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Within hours of learning that Al Jazeera had acquired Current TV, Time Warner Cable pulled the plug on the channel, replacing it with a message reading “This channel is no longer available.” The cable company declined to offer an explanation for its action, stating only that “our agreement with Current will be terminated and we […]

DIRECTV BEGINS CHARGING FOR SOME SPORTS CHANNELS

December 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

DirecTV has begun charging new customers an additional fee of about $3 a month to receive multiple regional sports channels as part of popular entertainment packages in some cities, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times reported today (Tuesday). A DirecTV spokesman told the Journal that the fee “is a way of recovering […]

APPARENT VICTORY FOR DIRECTV IN ITS DISPUTE WITH VIACOM

July 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It appeared today (Friday) that the week-long carriage dispute between Viacom and DirecTV has ended in a victory for the latter. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed, but DirecTV exec Derek Chang, who has acted as spokesman for the home-satellite company, issued a statement that chastised Viacom for removing its channels “to try […]

NO END IN SIGHT FOR VIACOM-DIRECTV STAND-OFF

July 19, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Analysts are expressing surprise that the carriage dispute between Viacom and DirecTV has now gone into a second week with no sign of a settlement. “We never thought a cable network with the scale of Viacom would be off the air for even a week,” Evercore Partners analyst Bryan Kraft said in a note to […]

VIACOM IS POUNDED AGAIN BY DIRECTV– AND BY JON STEWART

July 17, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

DirecTV is stepping up its attack on Viacom, which yanked its channels, including MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central off the satellite service last week following a breakdown in talks over a new carriage contract. In a video message running on the blanked-out channels DirecTV CEO Mike White lashes out at the “bundling” practices of some […]

SHOULD “STRIKING” CABLE NETS ALLOW THEIR SHOWS ONLINE?

July 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Viacom, which is engaged in the equivalent of a strike against DirecTV, and AMC, which is engaged in a similar action against DISH, are taking two opposite approaches to the Internet during the current crises. Viacom, whose channels went dark on DirecTV earlier this week, has pulled its shows off the Internet in an apparent […]

DIRECTV’S STRATEGY IN VIACOM DISPUTE SLAMMED

July 12, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

DirecTV may have blundered when it began telling subscribers on which websites they could find content from Viacom’s channels, after the channels went black on the satellite provider this week. BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield noted on Wednesday that DirecTV had only succeeded in calling attention to the fact that, unlike its cable competitors, it cannot […]

VIACOM CHANNELS GO DARK ON DIRECTV

July 10, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

At midnight Eastern Time, some 20 million DirecTV subscribers lost Viacom-owned channels including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET, Logo, TV Land and a dozen other channels. In a statement, DirecTV exec Derek Chang said, “We have been very willing to get a deal done, but Viacom is pushing DIRECTV customers to pay more than a […]

VIACOM’S 26 CHANNELS GOING DARK TONIGHT ON DIRECTV

July 10, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

One of the consequences of media consolidation is that the conglomerates can force distributors — satellite and cable companies — to find a spot in their systems for cable networks that they don’t want in order to make deals for the ones that they do want. The same would appear to hold true when it […]

SHOULD YOU INVEST IN VIACOM?

July 10, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Analysts appear divided over Viacom’s prospects. With its deal with DirecTV still unresolved, investors appeared to be taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the company. Shares in the company were down about 2.5 percent on the Nasdaq in light trading today (Tuesday). At TheStreet.com, analyst Rocco Pendola placed Viacom at the top of his list of […]

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