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DirecTV Users Lose Access to Viacom Channels
As Obnoxious Retransmission Feuds Continue
by Karl Bode 01:10PM Wednesday Jul 11 2012 Tipped by Gbcue See Profile
Yet another in a long and annoying line of retransmission disputes between broadcasters and cable TV operators has resulted in DirecTV customers losing access to all Viacom channels since last night. The story is becoming an all-too-familiar one, with the two sides being unable to come to an agreement before the expiration of an existing contract. Impacted customers have lost access to Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 14 other channels. "We have been very willing to get a deal done, but Viacom is pushing DirecTV customers to pay more than a 30 percent increase, which equates to an extra $1 billion, despite the fact that the ratings for many of their main networks have plummeted," DirecTV said in a statement. Regulators are expected to begin examining regulations prohibiting paying customers from losing access to content while new contracts are negotiated.

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