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DirecTV Viewers Lose CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Other Channels

If you have DirecTV like me, you probably woke up this morning wondering what happened to a bunch of your channels. It seems that DirecTV and Viacom can not come to an agreement on how much money Viacom should get from DirecTV to carry their networks like, Comedy Central, Mtv, VH1, Nickelodeon, Spike TV and others.

According to an article in “The New York Times”, the black out could last as long as 1 to 4 weeks.

I am not about to take sides as I really have no idea who is right or wrong in this dispute,  but much like the N.F.L. last year, I just hope they remember there is a real “customer” involved here and they both try to end the dispute as quickly as possible. Quite honestly, I think there are only a few show I watch on these channels anyway, “The Colbert Report” being the one that I will miss the most.

I honestly never really understood the whole cable/satellite TV thing anyway. Why do we have to get so many channels that we never watch anyway? I guess the problem is it’s really hard to tell what your going to want from one week to another , maybe it;s best to just offer them all. It’s funny though one woman who commented on one of the stories about this said something to the effect of, “When I go to the store to buy milk they don’t make me but eggs and bread in order to get it.”

I don’t know how it all works but I do know that there will probably be enough pressure applied to both sides through disappointed viewers to make them go back to the table and try again. Well, let’s hope so anyway.


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