Tue July 10, 2012
Austin DirecTV Customers May Lose Viacom Channels
Certain DirecTV channels may go off the air at midnight as the company’s contract with Viacom expires.
The current state of negotiations between the companies indicates those channels — which include Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV — will go black for DirecTV subscribers at that time.
Viacom says that DirecTV is offering to pay less than “any other distributor in the industry.”
DirecTV asserted in an online statement that it does not plan to pull the channels and that they will not go off the air “unless Viacom chooses to take them away.”
DirecTV has over 20 million subscribers and carries 17 unique Viacom channels, as well as nine HD versions.