Posts Tagged ‘Viacom’
Updated: Gone! Have DirecTV? Say “Bye-Bye” to Comedy Central and more tonight!
Last Updated on Monday, 22 October 2012 06:51 Written by LoganDX Tuesday, 10 July 2012 08:38
No eleventh hour deal between the two quarreling lovers, as usual the paying customers lose out.
It appears those negotiations between Viacom and DirecTV went nowhere. At midnight tonight, subscribers looking to get their South Park on will no longer be able to do so. Not only will they lose Comedy Central but a total of 26 channels from Viacom will be nothing but static past the stroke of midnight. MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Spike and more are all in the bucket of programming destined to go dark.
The reason for pulling the plug? Why money of course! DirecTV and Viacom are both accusing each other of being greedy pigs, wishing to slurp up more green than the other is willing to sacrifice. The satellite provider is claiming Viacom wants a billion bucks of “subscriber’s” money and is willing to keep the channels running even after the contract is up but Viacom won’t let them.
DIRECTV is not willingly removing MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Spike, or any other channels even though Viacom began telling viewers exactly that at approximately 11:24 p.m. EST last night. The truth is, only 5 minutes later, Viacom sent an express letter via courier to DIRECTV threatening legal action if DIRECTV did not comply with Viacom’s demand to turn off the channels. Viacom is forcing us to take down the channels, while publicly claiming they are against it. -DirecTV
Viacom is accusing DirecTV of falsely inflating the numbers being asked by the content owner to keep distributing the shows. Viacom has also gone on to say they’ve given the satellite company and extension past the original contract’s end of June 30th.
DirecTV is throwing around some big numbers that are misleading. Here’s the truth: Viacom is asking DirecTV for an increase of a couple of pennies per day per subscriber. That’s far less than DirecTV pays other programmers with fewer viewers than Viacom. Viacom has always been open to negotiating and hopes to get a deal done. -Viacom
Either way you look at it, people are going to be paying for less. Either the channels don’t stay and keep paying current rates or they do stay and DirecTV ends up charging more to cover the increase. It’s a lose-lose for the consumer in my opinion. Any geeks on DirecTV? How does this affect you? Sound off in the comments after the break!
Grab your bullwhips and fedoras, Indy is finally coming to blu-ray! [VIDEO]
Last Updated on Monday, 5 March 2012 07:38 Written by LoganDX Monday, 5 March 2012 11:00
Never mind that the fourth film in the franchise released on blu-ray, Indiana Jones is really coming to blu-ray! The Complete Indiana Jones box set will be in eager geeks’ paws this fall and will include the original fan favorite trilogy plus the 2008 Crystal Skull film packed into what I assume will be a sweet box. Young Indy fans are out of luck, no mention of the critically acclaimed television series for the “Complete” collection. Also included will be tons of special features from the famed archeologist’s storied career as well as some new tantalizing bits for the hard core fan in all of us!
Amazon already has a pre-order page up for the set with a price tag of $74.99 ($25 off list!) for the eager beaver geeks out there. Most excellent price for a classic franchise’s first hit to blu-ray! Even if you hated the Crystal Skull, you still get Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade -finally- on the high def format it deserves!
Hit the break for the full press release and a video for Raiders, just for that nostalgia factor. Any geeks out there as happy as I am? Break it down in the comments!
Another One Bites The Dust: MTV Games Studio
Last Updated on Saturday, 5 February 2011 09:23 Written by amoakopoku Saturday, 5 February 2011 08:30
It seem like every other week a game studio or publisher is being closed down. According to MCV via Destructoid, MTV Games have closed their doors. Following the sale of Harmonix, it is not to much of a surprise to people who followed the recent news surrounding the sale. That news had to hint that MTV Games was either going to downsize or close after Viacom completed the sale of Harmonix and Harmonix became an independent company. With anything, closed doors means people without jobs, lets hope all the people at MTV games find a new job soon.
As for Harmonix, as bad as things may seem i think their dance title “Dance Central” will take them to the next level of “phiscal” interaction itch people have after the Rock Band craze.