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DirecTV Dropping 26 Channels Tonight

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No more Spongebob Squarepants. No more Jersey Shore. No more Daily Show. DirecTV will be dropping 26 channels tonight at midnight, leaving millions of people without stations like MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.

DirecTV will be dropping the channels due to a dispute with Viacom.

Viacom writes on its website:

“As of midnight on Tuesday, July 10, DirecTV will drop 26 Viacom channels, including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, VH1, CMT, Spike TV, TV Land and more. Viacom is the most watched programmer on DirecTV. Nickelodeon is the most watched cable network on DirecTV. We regret that DirecTV refuses to consider a fair deal that recognizes the value of Viacom programming.”

According to the Indie Wire, Viacom’s distribution agreement with DirecTV ends tonight at midnight. The two companies have been negotiating for months but have been unable to come to an agreement.

Viacom posted a message on its website urging DirecTV customers to contact the company and demand that they sign an agreement with Viacom.

Viacom writes:

“Despite our best efforts, DirecTV has rejected all of our proposals to renew our agreement. This evening, DirecTV provided Viacom with a counter proposal that included a lower rate than Viacom receives from any other distributor in the industry. With this offer, our negotiations have reached an impasse. This means that, as of tomorrow night, nearly 20 million DirecTV subscribers will be without entertainment from the programmer they watch most. “

DirectTV and Viacom are still looking to reach a deal before the deadline tonight. But one side will have to give in for that to happen.

DirectTV said in a statement that they only want to purchase some Viacom channels.

DirecTV told the NY Times:

“Programmers like Viacom typically won’t allow anyone to buy their channels individually, but we hope to change that… We currently pay them hundreds of millions of dollars every year already, and if Viacom thinks their networks are worth a billion more, then you have to be able to select what’s most important in your own living room. It’s your money, so you should be able to decide.”

DirectTV and Viacom aren’t the only two companies feuding over bundling channels. Dish Network announced last month that it was dropping AMC because it no longer wanted to pay for channels like IFC and We TV.

Are you upset that DirecTV is dropping 26 channels?

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119 Responses to “DirecTV Dropping 26 Channels Tonight”

  1. David Johnston

    The only Viacom channel I give a damn about is Comedy Central, and I don't even watch that very frequently. I couldn't care less about Nickelodeon, MTV, and the other channels. I would like to be able to choose not to pay for them.

  2. David Johnston

    The only Viacom channel I give a damn about is Comedy Central, and I don't even watch that very frequently. I couldn't care less about Nickelodeon, MTV, and the other channels. I would like to be able to choose not to pay for them.

  3. Mamie M Stephens

    Thank God I dropped DirectTV a long time ago! For you that still have these crooks I'll just bet they do not lower their rates any and if you try to switch carriers DTV will most likely charge you a hefty cancellation fee so be careful if they have your credit card# or bank account# because DTV will help themselves to your account!

  4. Mamie M Stephens

    Thank God I dropped DirectTV a long time ago! For you that still have these crooks I'll just bet they do not lower their rates any and if you try to switch carriers DTV will most likely charge you a hefty cancellation fee so be careful if they have your credit card# or bank account# because DTV will help themselves to your account!

  5. Phill Conklin

    You probably won't I use to sell DirecTV the way they figure is it all works in packages. You would have to switch packages for the price to change. I also sold Dish Network. Trust me from a guy who knows both companies. Dish is infinitely better. The only reason to keep DirecTV is if you want a better sports package because they have the NFL ticket thing. Other than that Dish is better in every way. It's cheaper too.

  6. Sara Pruner

    This isn't DirecTV's fault. Viacom has a long history of being one of the greediest media companies you'll ever meet, trust me. They also fully supported internet censorship bills like SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, etc cause it means more money for them.

  7. Sara Pruner

    This isn't DirecTV's fault. Viacom has a long history of being one of the greediest media companies you'll ever meet, trust me. They also fully supported internet censorship bills like SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, etc cause it means more money for them.

  8. Amber Brewer

    Yeah, I did see alot of people saying it was Viacom's fault…I just hope, I dont get racked anymore than I already am.

  9. Amber Brewer

    Yeah, I did see alot of people saying it was Viacom's fault…I just hope, I dont get racked anymore than I already am.

  10. Amber Brewer

    I had Dish before..and unfortunately, since I owed them $$, I cant get w/ them w/o a hefty deposit amt. So unfortunately, Im stuck w/ DirectTv :(

  11. Amber Brewer

    I had Dish before..and unfortunately, since I owed them $$, I cant get w/ them w/o a hefty deposit amt. So unfortunately, Im stuck w/ DirectTv :(

  12. Dustin Strunk

    It's not just direct. Dish flat out dropped amc and its channels. With NO intention of picking them back up per the impending lawsuit, they.already have channels to replace them. Viacom is a much larger company, I don't see Direct not reaching a deal.

  13. Dustin Strunk

    It's not just direct. Dish flat out dropped amc and its channels. With NO intention of picking them back up per the impending lawsuit, they.already have channels to replace them. Viacom is a much larger company, I don't see Direct not reaching a deal.

  14. Liz Kirts

    This totally bites! There are shows our family watches on these channels! Why can't both greedy corporations give in a little! If we lose 26 channels, the DirectTV better lower our bills! We pay enough for the little we get now! Totally ridiculous! I will definitely drop DirectTV if this happens!

  15. Elizabeth Jean Kirts

    This totally bites! There are shows our family watches on these channels! Why can't both greedy corporations give in a little! If we lose 26 channels, the DirectTV better lower our bills! We pay enough for the little we get now! Totally ridiculous! I will definitely drop DirectTV if this happens!

  16. Tanner Hammond

    What a shitty and weird thing. I will be trying to switch as soon as possible. Even if it requires some fees, it's worth it to watch pretty much the only channel that I regularly watch: Comedy Central.

  17. Tanner Hammond

    What a shitty and weird thing. I will be trying to switch as soon as possible. Even if it requires some fees, it's worth it to watch pretty much the only channel that I regularly watch: Comedy Central.

  18. Xeno Reyn

    Phill Conklin I'm sorry but I think Dish is the biggest bunch of crooks I've ever delt with. We had DirevTV and wanted a DVR they wanted to charge for it so we said no and called Dish, they told us we could have one free for life, never had to pay an extra monthly fee for it. We upgraded to HD and since that is a "package change" they started to charge for the DVR even though they said we would never have to pay for one.

    When they upgraded to the HD DVR the idiot that hooked it up had no idea what he was doing and left one TV all fuzy. We called and they sent a second guy that said he couldn't do anything and blamed it on the TV which was brand new. We called again and this time they wanted to charge to send someon eout again which we said no way it was their mistake come fix it. They kept insisting we pay because it was after the 90 (?) day limit until finally we asked to speak to a manager. Someone gets on claiming to be a manager and said the best he could do was knock like $10 off so we agreed. They send someone out and fix the mistake, the original guy put like 3 spliters on the wires which was causing the picture on the one tv to get fuzzy. A few weeks later we get a bill for the full price. We called them and were basicaly called liars and said that there were no records that we even talked to a manager and since we didn't have their ID number we were out of luck. We dropped them right there and never looked back.

  19. Mary Hirsch

    We either have direct or dish as no cable out where I am. Most everything is reality shows now.
    My 2 and 1/2 years is done. Just don't want to start over again.

  20. Mary Hirsch

    We either have direct or dish as no cable out where I am. Most everything is reality shows now.
    My 2 and 1/2 years is done. Just don't want to start over again.

  21. Xeno Reyn

    This seems to happen all the time with these companies. A few years ago it was the Fox channels. Dish lost them for about 4 weeks then a year or 2 after that DirecTV was going to loose them but came to a deal before it happened. Just recently like 3 weeks ago maybe Dish lost AMC and I don't think they got it back or have plans to get it back. Don't be surprised if when the contract between DISH and Viacom is up this happens to them as well, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if DISH says the exact same thing, Viacom wants 30% more money.

    The more it happesns the more I think it IS the networks and not the providers causing the problems. DISH and DirecTV said the exact same thing when it was Fox. Fox wanted 30% more money. I find it funny they both said the same thing but Fox always said it wasn't true… just like what's happening with Viacom.

    "then you have to be able to select what’s most important in your own living room. It’s your money, so you should be able to decide".
    This is exactly what needs to happen. We rarely watch MTV or MTV2 and don't watch CMT VH1 and a bunch of the other channels from them at all but we have to pay for them so we can watch the few that we do watch.

  22. Michael Umgali Hodges

    Typical "BS". WE the People….Don't even get a say, however we DO get to pay full price just as nothing has changed. Perhaps a BOYCOTT might get the attention of those in charge of greedy American Business. Do we really NEED TV 24/7 or should we just "bend over" & take it like we do when pulling up to the pump to put "Liquid Gold" in our tanks. If the American consumers would unite, organize & FLEX THEIR WALLET MUSCLE I expect we could lower the prices on all kinds of things. Of course that is too much trouble and God forbid we should lose the opportunity to watch the next episode of 'GREED II The SEQUEL"!

  23. Michael Umgali Hodges

    Typical "BS". WE the People….Don't even get a say, however we DO get to pay full price just as nothing has changed. Perhaps a BOYCOTT might get the attention of those in charge of greedy American Business. Do we really NEED TV 24/7 or should we just "bend over" & take it like we do when pulling up to the pump to put "Liquid Gold" in our tanks. If the American consumers would unite, organize & FLEX THEIR WALLET MUSCLE I expect we could lower the prices on all kinds of things. Of course that is too much trouble and God forbid we should lose the opportunity to watch the next episode of 'GREED II The SEQUEL"!

  24. Ally Wagner

    If I lose Comdey Central, they will suffer. They can take away "South Park" and "Futurama" when they pry them from my lifeless corpse

  25. Ally Wagner

    If I lose Comdey Central, they will suffer. They can take away "South Park" and "Futurama" when they pry them from my lifeless corpse

  26. Ally Wagner

    *by "they", I mean viacom. I have no qualms with dricetv

  27. Ryan Rimmel

    they fucking did it! fuck you directv I hope you fucking see this! I'm switching to verizon fios cause you guys fucking suck!

  28. Ryan Rimmel

    they fucking did it! fuck you directv I hope you fucking see this! I'm switching to verizon fios cause you guys fucking suck!

  29. Kayden Wilson

    ik this sucks i cant go two hours without south park littarally if i dont have it ill bye every season sucks tho

  30. Johnny Brady

    directv is going to lose sooooo many customers and soo much money…..who's the idiot running directv..i could do it better.

  31. Johnny Brady

    directv is going to lose sooooo many customers and soo much money…..who's the idiot running directv..i could do it better.

  32. Johnny Brady

    directv is going to lose sooooo many customers and soo much money…..who's the idiot running directv..i could do it better.

  33. Michael Riley

    Let's not let DirecTV off that easy, we're talking about there breach of contract (package agreement) if we the consumer breaches our end of the contract we're subjugated to numerous penalties and fines. Bottom line, DirecTv must be prepared to present the consumer with some type of indemnity(reduction in cost or opt out of this contract period!) in Lou of there breach of contract. Inform customer service as to your intent, that's what will be doing!

  34. Michael Riley

    Let's not let DirecTV off that easy, we're talking about there breach of contract (package agreement) if we the consumer breaches our end of the contract we're subjugated to numerous penalties and fines. Bottom line, DirecTv must be prepared to present the consumer with some type of indemnity(reduction in cost or opt out of this contract period!) in Lou of there breach of contract. Inform customer service as to your intent, that's what will be doing!

  35. Michael Riley

    Let's not let DirecTV off that easy, we're talking about there breach of contract (package agreement) if we the consumer breaches our end of the contract we're subjugated to numerous penalties and fines. Bottom line, DirecTv must be prepared to present the consumer with some type of indemnity(reduction in cost or opt out of this contract period!) in Lou of there breach of contract. Inform customer service as to your intent, that's what will be doing!

  36. Nikki Salmon

    This would be a breech of contract & you'll be sued.
    We pay for specific packages with certain channels, cutting the channels without renegotiating, isn't legal.
    & with what I'm paying my channels better continue as they are.

  37. Nikki Salmon

    This would be a breech of contract & you'll be sued.
    We pay for specific packages with certain channels, cutting the channels without renegotiating, isn't legal.
    & with what I'm paying my channels better continue as they are.

  38. Anonymous

    five to one it gets resolved so there's no need to get you panties in a wad that is unless you some kind of Dish Network Rep.

  39. Anonymous

    five to one it gets resolved so there's no need to get you panties in a wad that is unless you some kind of Dish Network Rep.

  40. Nathaniel Hunnighan

    They shouldn't be able to charge you… They broke their end of the contract… You paid for and agreed to a specific set of channels/service.. If they can't honor that they should be liable

  41. Nathaniel Hunnighan

    They shouldn't be able to charge you… They broke their end of the contract… You paid for and agreed to a specific set of channels/service.. If they can't honor that they should be liable

  42. Anonymous

    DirecTV is acting like an "innocent victim" in this situation. DirecTV did the same "innocent victim" scenario several months ago when News Corporation/Fox Broadcasting (Rupert Murdoch) made similar price increase demands of DirecTV. How soon the DirecTV customers forget. Viacom channels account for about 10 to 15% of all DirecTV channels in their packages. DirecTV acts as if carrying Viacom's channels would increase your monthly bill by a total of 30%. Actually it should only increase the price of only 10 to 15% of all DirecTV channels (Viacom’s channels) by 30%. As DirecTV is no longer carrying the Viacom channels, they should now decrease the monthly price for their packages.

    I have spoken to several friends who have either DISH or Bright House cable. They are not being threatened by their carriers that Viacom is demanding an increase in the price of their channels or cancellation of the Viacom channels. In fact, my friends with Bright House cable inform me that they have never had a problem in which they were threatened with channel cancellations as DirecTV has done twice to it’s customers in the past year. DirecTV blames Viacom for the channel cancellation on their website, and Viacom blames DirecTV for the channel cancellation on their website. Remember the old adage, “It takes two to tango,” and I think both parties are at fault.

  43. Anonymous

    DirecTV is acting like an "innocent victim" in this situation. DirecTV did the same "innocent victim" scenario several months ago when News Corporation/Fox Broadcasting (Rupert Murdoch) made similar price increase demands of DirecTV. How soon the DirecTV customers forget. Viacom channels account for about 10 to 15% of all DirecTV channels in their packages. DirecTV acts as if carrying Viacom's channels would increase your monthly bill by a total of 30%. Actually it should only increase the price of only 10 to 15% of all DirecTV channels (Viacom’s channels) by 30%. As DirecTV is no longer carrying the Viacom channels, they should now decrease the monthly price for their packages.

    I have spoken to several friends who have either DISH or Bright House cable. They are not being threatened by their carriers that Viacom is demanding an increase in the price of their channels or cancellation of the Viacom channels. In fact, my friends with Bright House cable inform me that they have never had a problem in which they were threatened with channel cancellations as DirecTV has done twice to it’s customers in the past year. DirecTV blames Viacom for the channel cancellation on their website, and Viacom blames DirecTV for the channel cancellation on their website. Remember the old adage, “It takes two to tango,” and I think both parties are at fault.

  44. Dawn Spencer

    when the hell am I getting my channels back..this is crazy…

  45. Dawn Walker

    when the hell am I getting my channels back..this is crazy…

  46. Sherri Lynn Russell-preston

    Past upset pay out the rear now for these channels , so do Dtv customers get credit on bill since 26 channels r gone I mean enough already , greed ..greed …greed if not fixed in next few days I'm switching too I'm not settleling anymore.

  47. Sherri Russell

    Past upset pay out the rear now for these channels , so do Dtv customers get credit on bill since 26 channels r gone I mean enough already , greed ..greed …greed if not fixed in next few days I'm switching too I'm not settleling anymore.

  48. Lynda Rivera

    They better not cut off the music channels, this is stupid, how long is it gonna be? :-(

  49. Lynda Rivera

    They better not cut off the music channels, this is stupid, how long is it gonna be? :-(

  50. Trisha Smothers Freitag

    What a load of garbage. People keep getting more and more greedy. Remember when TV was free? Now we pay more and more for less and less. The way our property is situated, we'd have to cut down one of two trees over 50 years old to have the right angle available for the Dish dish, so we have DirecTV instead.
    This is ridiculous. I'm already paying over $80 a month for Choice Plus or whatever programming with no premium channels. We dropped Starz when the prices went up last time…..it won't be long at this rate before we're paying $80 a month for basic programming. And where we live, without satellite, we get 1 channel on good days. Even if we put up an antenna (it has to be 40 feet or more in the air because we live in a valley) we only get 3 channels.
    Maybe we'll just stop watching TV on our set and start watching our favorites online. It would certainly be less expensive!

  51. Anonymous

    Well Viacom will loose in the end. I have Direct TV and I will miss those channels. Comcast is too expensive so I guess I won't have those channels.

  52. Gina Bredelis Parsons

    Dude my daughters are going crazy!! Time to switch!!

  53. Anonymous

    Phill Conklin Dish dropped AMC, which has Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Hell on Wheels thats a deal breaker.

  54. Andrew Antonazzo

    Oh no, no more MTV, I guess I can't watch shows about how to be a whore, and how to be a moron… In my opinion MTV is the biggest reason as to why people are so disrespectful today. GOOD RIDDANCE, thank you DirecTV!

  55. Brendan Price

    I'm ticked! I leave for a week, excited to catch up on EVERYTHING I missed. Unfortunately, this happens?! Yeah I'm kind of ticked..

  56. Anonymous

    So happy I have cable with all the channels I watch.

  57. Paul Fitzer

    Verizon triple play will come out at least $60 a month cheaper than paying separately anyway. I don't need Direct tv, they need me.

  58. Ellie Dessureault

    I have had direct tv for over 5 years. This is riduculous! All of the 26 channels that where taken away are the top 26 most watched. I will be getting rid of direct tv and paying cheaper to get 26 channels. I HATE YOU DIRECT TV.

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  60. Katie Young

    well you can shut up…If i dont have Jersey Shore or real world, i might as well fucking die!

  61. Katie Young

    May I just say this- This is fucking bullshit! And I fucking hate DirectTV now even more! And well life without MTV especially (or any of these channels) is just plain hell….or maybe even worse than hell.

  62. Alejandra Alvarez

    Soo not fair ny son is going to go crazy without his cartoons..i think if we see a drop in channels our bill better drop too…we cant pay for a service were not getting…