Daniel Tosh Hopes Viacom And DirecTV Squash Their Beef Before Next Week

    July 11, 2012
    Chris Crum
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Update: Viacom has pulled shows from its sites now, so more than just DirecTV customers are affected by this.

DirectTV customers have lost Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 14 other channels, as Viacom has dropped its networks from the provider.

DirecTV issued a release, saying that its execs have reached out to Viacom with a new proposal, and a request to keep channels while negotiations continue, but have not heard back from the media giant. DirecTV says it had to comply with Viacom’s demand in order to avoid legal action.

“We have been very willing to get a deal done, but Viacom is pushing DirectTV customers to pay more than a 30 percent increase, which equates to an extra $1 billion, despite the fact that the ratings for many of their main networks have plummeted and much of Viacom’s programming can be seen for free online,” said Derek Chang, DirecTV executive vice president of Content, Strategy and Development. “Viacom sent us a letter last night that outlined our obligations to remove the channels by midnight or face legal action just as they were falsely telling viewers DIRECTV was responsible. Let’s be clear, Viacom took these channels away from DirecTV viewers.”

DirecTV has a site set up with more information about what’s going on, and says it will get the deal done.

Comedian Daniel Tosh, who hosts Comedy Central’s Internet video show Tosh.0, and is currently also in the news for a rape joke, has been talking about the situation a little on Twitter. Before Tosh.0 aired on Comedy Central on Tuesday night, Tosh tweeted:

He later followed up with:

  • Chris Kaye

    1 billion dollars totally what a multi billion dollar company needs! I’m so tired of all this corporate America it is exactly what is going to destroy this country.

  • Norman t

    So upset about losing these channels….im about leave DirecTV,myself….

  • http://Twitter Kaylyn Lake

    DirecTV, you’re stupid. People already pay for car, light & other bills.. So why would we pay for MAIN channels? You’re going to lose a lot of people. Y’all need to let this bullshit go.

    • Adam

      @Joe: You’re an idiot. Capitalism is too easily taken advantage of. Is it an excellent system? Well, like any, to an extent. The extent of people moving their jobs to other countries for nothing but malicious greed, as the free market will allow. Capitalism is the reason for the economic status of this country. Obama and socialists in this country have done absolutely nothing worth mentioning.

      If you want to kiss the toes of any established governmental system, whether it be socialism, communism, monarchism or capitalism, I hope you expect to get kicked in the face. As you should.

    • scott scott

      Hey silly, it’s not DirectTV it’s Viacom that wants 1 billion more in fees per year. 1 billion is 1000 million. ok? That’s about 19.25 million per week more Viacom wants DirectTV to pay per week.

  • Joe

    Actually, Obama and socialist assholes like your self are going to destroy this country. If you were smart enough, you’d embrace capitalism. Oh well, I guess not everyone.

  • ricky gladnye

    I agree, I never thought about it before now, a TV show can cause the end of the world. I miss Tosh, he is a great comedic mind. Him and Adam Corolla ROCK!! Adam, why not giv ‘ol Toshy a call.

  • scott scott

    I have to say, I do not miss Viacom. They can keep their MTV and such.
    Good luck to ya. I have been with DirectTV for many years. Great people to deal with.