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I think Viacom has the right to increase prices but direct TV on the other hand should not be affected since technology and broadcasting prices seems to be going down rapidly.

It is cheaper today to broadcast something than say 5 or 10 years ago shouldn't that actually lower direct TV's cost ? on the other hand it is becoming more expensive for channels to produce a quality show where they have to pay the actors (who are becoming expensive day by day) and all the other tangible production costs.

  • I disagree with you the cost of broadcasting mig...

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    By: strategy node Ally Enemy strategy node

    I disagree with you the cost of broadcasting might have gone down but to keep up the quality of the programs has gone up , so i think it is direct TV who is right on this one

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  • It all comes down to Viacom wanting a 30% increa...

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    It all comes down to Viacom wanting a 30% increase in proceeds from Directv... that equates to over $1 Billion (yes Billion) additional money Directv would have to pay Viacom for these channels.... Directv is looking out for consumers and saying a 30% increase is RIDICULOUS!  I applaud Directv for not backing down and looking out for our bills......

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  • As media companies make less and less off of adv...

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    By: Swayso Master Ally Enemy Swayso Master

    As media companies make less and less off of advertising (dvr's, shift to web, etc), expect to see more of  this. Networks will be asking the distributors for more and more $'s, and without advertising to pay for it, the extra cost needs to be passed onto the consumer. The network will continue to force the distributors to take and pay for their junk channels that no one watches (and no one advertises on),  by bundling with a few good channels. In the end the customer gets stuck with the bill for the junk they put out.

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  • Both companies are acting like brats. Viacom is...

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    By: Ashley Sellers Ally Enemy Ashley Sellers

    Both companies are acting like brats. Viacom is screwing Directv, but DTV is screwing me... so if I have to pick one to be wrong, I pick Direct TV.

    I called DTV to see if I can get out of my contract, because TV without the Daily Show is pretty much worthless. They gave me a $20/mo credit for 6 months, but refused to waive the $300 early cancellation fee. That contract they had me sign is horrible. I'm ashamed of myself for signing. It clearly states that they can raise the rates if they need to and that they can change their programming offerings at any time the want to. So here I am paying what they say I have to for the channels they say I'm allowed to watch... I feel so screwed over and stupid for not questioning every clause in the contract before I signed.

    DTV has me bent over for 13 more months, and then I'm outta there. I think I'll move to more web-based pay-per-view stuff.

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  • Also forgot to mention, Direct TV crying like a...

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    By: Ashley Sellers Ally Enemy Ashley Sellers

    Also forgot to mention, Direct TV crying like a baby about having to pay for the less popular channels....doesn't like that they have to buy those channels in package deals.

    Uhhhh, do all of you guys have 85 home shopping/ infomercial channels? Because I do, and I didn't request them, and I don't want them, but Direct TV has been making people take those channels for years!

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    • DirecTV wants us the consumer to be able to have...

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      By: Charles May III Ally Enemy Charles May III

      DirecTV wants us the consumer to be able to have a say in what channels we want to get.  Viacom won't allow DirecTV to sell the channels separately, so DirecTV doesn't want to pay more money to Viacom for channels that less and less viewers are watching by the day.  If Viacom would agree to not requiring all of their channels to be purchased, DirecTV would be OK with the price hike since consumers could choose to not receive certain channels to keep the costs down.

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      • But when you sell a product you sell it as a wh...

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        By: Debanjan Ghosh Ally Enemy Debanjan Ghosh

        But when you sell a product you sell it as a whole because you as company have priced it keeping in mind that all of it will be purchased.

        But I think you have something here. I wonder why cant direct TV buy all of it and then sell it in parts with different pricing so for MTV - price $1 and for comedy central $2 or both MTV and Comedy Central for $2.50, they can do this based on the popularity of the channels.

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      Uhhhh, do all of you guys have 85 home shopping/ infomercial channels?

      I agree If Direct TV would get rid of the 85 informercial channels then they can save on some of their bandwidth and thus saving on cost.

      Its all about prioritizing and figuring out what the customer wants to see but seems like Direct TV is pretty bad at knowing what the customer likes.

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