It would certainly appear to be Viacom’s fault after all in regards to their DirecTV carriage dispute. Earlier in the week, the public heard that the company behind MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central was essentially creating the problem with a mandate on the bundling of Epix into the equation. If initial reports are correct, DirecTV won out and Epix will not be part of pay television packages in the future (at least for DirecTV.) The movie channel would have added additional costs to the satellite provider and ultimately the consumer would have to pay out more without much choice in the matter. Continue Reading
In perhaps proving DirecTV’s point, The Daily Show ran a segment last night where they criticized the satellite provider and Viacom for not coming to terms on rates for the foreseeable future. The result of this dispute was that channels like MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon were all pulled from the packager’s cable lineup—something that Jon Stewart found simply ridiculous.
The point the news-skewer took with last night’s show is that there are bigger fish to fry in the world over viewership of Jersey Shore and even his program. He said that if people want to see The Daily Show that badly, they will probably be able to get it for free over the internet no matter what Viacom does and that his parent company’s move to pull online content made no sense. Stewart also made the point that other shows exist on a 100+ channel lineup so any real impact on consumers would likely be short-lived. Continue Reading
Viacom has sued Cablevision over their iPad App that enables proximity based streaming of their cable channels. Continue Reading
Viacom released their quarterly numbers today, and when companies report earnings they feel obligated to tell investors their future plans. Two things caught my attention: Paramount’s desire to make more animated movies and a large original programming expansion for Spike TV. Continue Reading
Earlier this year, Time Warner cable launched a controversial iPad application that would allow their cable subscribers access to streaming several cable channels. After being threatened with legal action, the cable distributor opted to drop all Viacom, Fox, and Discovery networks from their application today. Continue Reading