DirectTV subscribers have lost Comedy Central

By | July 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm | 4 comments | News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , ,

As a result of the absence of a deal between DirecTV and Viacom, DirecTV subscribers will no longer have access to Comedy Central among its sibling major networks, Nickelodeon, MTV and VH1. Both sides blamed each other but it’s doubtful anyone outside the two companies cares who is at fault. Subscribers just want to watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Tosh.0 in peace.

In case you care about the nitty gritty dispute here’s a recap: DirecTV’s executive vice president of content, Derek Chang said Viacom wants DirecTV subscribers to pay over a 30 percent increase. This “equates to an extra $1 billion” for Viacom’s channels. Viacom, on the other hand, says the deal they proposed amounts to only an extra couple of pennies a day per subscriber. Uh, can we get a referee here? Or a mathematician?

In any case, the decision looks hasty and petty and we hope the two companies can kiss and make up for the sake of their viewers. Both companies are at risk here. DirecTV will lose subscribers to companies that broadcast Viacom networks, if they are not able to reach a new deal sometime in the near future, and Viacom could suffer lowered ratings from a loss of DirecTV viewers.

Meanwhile, in related bad cable news, Dish subscribers have lost a handful of great comedy shows on IFC– including Portlandia, Comedy Bang Bang and Bunk.

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  • Pheonixphire

    I switched from AT&T Youverse to DirectTV because of countless TV problems that they never could fix. I’ve had DirectTV for less than 2 weeks, and already there’s a bug in their software so the TV is acting up ridiculously. I only wanted 2 channels, Comedy Central and Science Channel. Comedy Central is basic cable, and now it’s gone. As with everything else, I think I’ll take my chances downloading what I want illegally. I didn’t know Viacom owned Comedy Central, so that’ll be a bonus. Any suggestions on where to find shows for free online in decent quality?

  • Getupstandup

    IFC is still on DirecTV, in fact I’m watching it right now. IFC is part of the AMC networks, not Viacom.

  • David Emerson

    I AM SO PISSED. I WAS A RELIGUOS FOLLOWER OF THE
    DAILY SHOW, THE COLBERT REPORT, AND SOUTHPARK, AS WELL AS THE REST OF THE
    AWESOME PROGRAMS. I HAVE DIRECT TV. I SAW SOME CAPTIONS INCLUDING DISH MEMBERS,
    AND I THOUGHT IT WAS ONLY GOING TO EFFECT DISH. THIS TOTALLY SUCKS!!! SCREW BIG
    MONEY, SCREW IT ALL. I AM PISSED. I EXPECT A DISCOUNT AS THAT WAS ONE OF THE
    CHANNELS I WANTED WITH THIS SATELLITE AND WATCHED OVER 50& OF THE TIME!

  • David Emerson

    You say “Subscribers just want to watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Tosh.0 in peace.” YOU ARE VERY Wrong. I love All shows on Comedy Central, I love MTV.  What kind of world would it be without Nickelodeon (Which has been the longest running channel for kids and adults alike for over 100 years).  With your above quote, how large was your sample size!?!  Why are you so extreme to say that two shows controlled the channel and its viewer?. I, and my family as a customer will take this one step further…