On July 11th Viacom pulled all 26 of its channels from DirecTV's satellite network. The companies have since settled their differences and all the channels are now back on-air — but how did a simple royalty dispute result in millions of subscribers losing access to popular channels like MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon?
- Jul 20, 2012, 3:22 PM UTC
The deal between Viacom and DirecTV is reportedly worth $600 million annually, a jump from the previous arrangement between the company.
- Jul 20, 2012, 10:27 AM UTC
Viacom and DirecTV have reached a long-term agreement to bring all 26 Viacom Networks channels back to the DirecTV subscribers.
- Jul 14, 2012, 10:33 PM UTC
In a new ad DirecTV CEO Mike White says "At the very least, we think Viacom should be willing to give your family the choice to pay for only those channels you watch," in a plea to win consumers onto its side.
- Jul 12, 2012, 12:38 AM UTC
Viacom has pulled online streaming of television episodes from several of its sites, including MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon, in the wake of its contract dispute with DirecTV.
By Bryan Bishop
- Jul 10, 2012, 12:30 PM UTC
Viacom is apparently using a strong tactic in its contract negotiations with DirecTV — the TV provider now says that it will lose access to a total of 26 Viacom channels (including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and more) as of July 10th if a deal isn't reached.