or


[07/20/12 - 03:12 AM]
DirecTV and Viacom Reach Agreement for Return of Viacom's 17 Channels Including Extensive New Digital Rights for DirecTV Customers
Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, Spike, CMT, TV Land and ten other channels have been restored to subscribers.

[via press release from DirecTV]

DirecTV and Viacom Reach Agreement for Return of Viacom's 17 Channels Including Extensive New Digital Rights for DirecTV Customers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- DirecTV has reached a new long-term agreement with Viacom to restore 17 channels (including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, Spike, CMT, TV Land and ten other channels) that Viacom had taken away from DirecTV customers on July 10. Viacom has returned all affected networks.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

In addition to the channels' return, DirecTV customers will also gain the ability to see Viacom programming on tablets, laptops, handhelds and other personal devices via the DirecTV Everywhere platform. Carriage of the EPIX movie channel is not required as part of the new agreement.

"We are very pleased to be able to restore the channels to our customers and thank them for their unprecedented patience and support," said Derek Chang, executive vice president of Content Strategy and Development for DirecTV. "It's unfortunate that Viacom took the channels away from customers to try to gain leverage, but in the end, it's clear our customers recognized that tactic for what it was."

Chang added, "The attention surrounding this unnecessary and ill-advised blackout by Viacom has accomplished one key thing: it serves notice to all media companies that bullying TV providers and their customers with blackouts won't get them a better deal. It's high time programmers ended these anti-consumer blackouts once and for all and prove our industry is about enabling people to connect to their favorite programs rather than denying them access."

The dispute helped generate significant public support from hundreds of thousands of customers and also, surprisingly enough, many high-profile DirecTV competitors. The 850 small and independently owned local cable systems that make up the American Cable Association joined the anti-blackout chorus, as did Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Mediacom.

About DirecTV:

DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to 33 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DirecTV offers its 19.9 million customers access to more than 170 HD channels and Dolby-Digital(R) 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM), Emmy-award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 11 years running. DirecTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay-TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to 12 million customers. DirecTV sports and entertainment properties include three Regional Sports Networks (Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh) as well as a 60 percent interest in Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DirecTV, please visit www.DirecTV.com.





  [july 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[03/28/17 - 10:05 AM]
Investigation Discovery Announces Three-Night Special Event Taking Viewers Back to Face 1970s Serial Killer in "Son of Sam: The Hunt for a Killer"
The three-night special event will premiere this summer on the cable channel.

[03/28/17 - 10:05 AM]
Discovery Channel Announces 2017-2018 Upfront Programming Slate
Highlights include the new scripted anthology series called "Manhunt: Unabomber," which premieres with a special two-hour episode on Tuesday, August 1 at 9:00/8:00c.

[03/28/17 - 10:04 AM]
Investigation Discovery Greenlights "The Von Bulow Affair" Scripted True Crime Series from Universal Cable Productions
"The Von Bulow Affair" was the most scandalous and sensational murder trial of the 1980s, borne from the bowels of high society that existed between white-linen parties of Newport and white-powder mischief at New York's poshest nightclub.

[03/28/17 - 10:03 AM]
Investigation Discovery Announces Powerful New Slate of Suspenseful Originals for 2017-18 Upfront Season
"I don't think viewers have ever experienced such an exciting explosion focused on a single genre like we are currently seeing with the success of true-crime stories and mysteries on every possible media platform," said Henry Schleiff.

[03/28/17 - 09:41 AM]
Video: Ladies & Gentlemen - "Louis C.K. 2017" Trailer & Key Art Debut!
In his new standup 2017, Louis C.K. muses on religion, eternal love, giving dogs drugs, email fights, teachers and more in a live performance from Washington, D.C.

[03/28/17 - 09:35 AM]
Amazon Original Series "Bosch" Launches Season Three on Friday, April 21
Amazon is also announcing the launch of Bosch skill for Alexa-enabled devices including the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.

[03/28/17 - 09:01 AM]
Afraid of the Dark? Discovery Channel Announces an All-New Take on the Survival Genre
"Darkness" is an all-new series featuring one of the most advanced and comprehensive tests of mental and physical survival ever captured on television.

[03/28/17 - 08:43 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Holds Onto Demo Crown with "The Voice"
The Peacock wins the evening among total viewers as well as adults 18-49.

[03/28/17 - 08:12 AM]
"The Daily Show Presents: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library" Coming to New York City in June
This actual library will be located in New York City and will be free and open to the public.

[03/28/17 - 08:08 AM]
Animal Planet Announces 2017-2018 Upfront Programming Slate
In 2016, Animal Planet ranked among the top 30 cable networks (#30) among Adults 25-54.

[03/28/17 - 08:07 AM]
TLC Announces an Aggressive 2017-2018 Upfront Slate with 120 More Hours of Original Programming
The network is up nearly 20% in primetime, seeing double digit lifts across the board and is ranked the #7 ad supported cable network among W25-54.

[03/28/17 - 08:06 AM]
TLC Reveals Raw Real Life Moments Live! in Unprecedented Television Event
Going live from different locations across the country, every episode will share two unique stories of families and their loved ones as they experience an epic, pivotal moment.

[03/28/17 - 07:18 AM]
E! Serves Up a Sunday Funday When New Docu-Series "What Happens at the Abbey" Premieres May 14 at 10PM ET/PT
Presiding over one of the wildest nightclubs in Los Angeles, the team unapologetically embodies the open-minded mentality of The Abbey while fostering an environment of acceptance.

[03/28/17 - 06:03 AM]
Courtney Thorne-Smith Set to Star in New Mystery Movie Franchise for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
"Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery" premieres Sunday, May 21 on the cable channel.

[03/27/17 - 01:44 PM]
New Season of "Property Brothers: Buying and Selling" Premieres on HGTV Wednesday, April 19
Each episode follows contractor Jonathan and real estate expert Drew as they combine their skills to help families tackle two critical real estate activities - selling one home and buying another.