I woke up this morning and turned on my TV, as I was going through the channels I saw an interesting sight, DirectTV had a special clip set on loop above all Viacom channels like MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, TV Land and Spike which have been removed from the DirectTV service.
The little clip talks about how Viacom has decided that they aren’t making enough money off of the television industry (which is no surprise with internet streaming becoming more and more preferred) and wants to charge DirectTV 30% more a year to host their channels which is comes out to around 1 billions dollars. Normally this wouldn’t be much of a care except the only way to accommodate for this price increase DirectTV would have to charge customers more on their bill even if they don’t get the channels they are paying for.
DirectTV attempted to resist taking down any Viacom channels but minutes later DirectTV was threatened with legal action unless they complied. At the moment both Viacom and DirectTV are stuck in that stage divorced parents of young children do where they try to convince the child one parent is worse than the other. Personally, I think DirectTV is in the right here, only because it is free to stream all of Viacom’s shows on their website, so why should it cost more to watch it with commercials on my TV?
Viacom and DirectTV are in the middle of battling it out, but that doesn’t mean that you are forced to sit and watch idly. If you have DirectTV and need a way to access certain shows you want to watch like South Park, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Daily Show or Colbert Report (oh yea, and Jersey Shore…) DirectTV is offering a pretty helpful tool to find the website where all your favorite shows can be streamed from for free on their Other Ways to Watch page.