questionshow do you feel about the viacom vs. directv…

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It doesn't affect me, but my friend has DirecTV and he's in for a world of hurt. He has a 2-year old who watches a few Nickelodeon shows, so that could be a disaster at his house. He's already looking into alternate ways to get content his daughter and avoid meltdowns.

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@greatgazoo: If I remember correctly, Nickelodeon has some shows on their website and I'm sure they are on Hulu/Netflix.Thought I would mention just in case the person hasn't thought of the above.

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A lot of the Viacom shows can be watched on the network websites.

I cut the cable last year and still watch plenty of Viacom stuff for free.

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I meant to add the link to the article:

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/07/12/viacom-yanks-free-online-programming-dispute-continues-with-directv/?cnn=yes

No more free shows from Viacom online (Daily Show, Spongebob, etc.)

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Viacom may be shooting themselves in the foot with this move. Removing acess to some online content for all because of the dispute with DirecTv is essentially punishing everyone who does not subscribe to DirecTv. Plus Viacom knows they need DirecTv to come around, because the carriage fees from DirecTv are one of the largest soruce sof income for those channels.

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@hackman2007 Thanks for the info! I believe that's part of his contingency plan. He doesn't have a web-enabled TV, so he's looking into connecting his computer to the TV to play the content. Believe me, he doesn't want to have a crabby toddler running around!

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I don't think it's the end of online TV content. If I were a directv customer, I'd just get my Comedy Central fix by downloading the shows from usenet. If anything, it's the beginning of the end of offline TV content.

These corporations are clinging to their failed business model, desperately trying to milk their customers out of as much money as they can before imploding from their own greed. It's either record profits every quarter or bust with these "people".

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No, it won't be anything like the beginning of the end for online TV content. If Viacom moves away from offering content online, they will just be putting their competitors further ahead.

Online TV will be the largest method of consumption someday. Back when people began downloading music, the RIAA tried and tried to prop up physical album sales. We all know how that worked out, especially with the success of iTunes, Amazon's digital music offerings, etc. Now data speeds and allotments are great enough to allow people to download/stream video. Companies within the TV industry will have to embrace this change or cease to be relevant.

If people can't watch Viacom shows the way they want to, they'll complain for a brief period of time but ultimately move on to other shows they will enjoy. Then it won't matter what Viacom is offering, as consumers will be spending their entertainment time and resources on replacements that can be viewed as they like.

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I alluded to the issue in my question on artificial scarcity .
What the corporation taketh away, the Internet giveth back.
#usenet #torrent

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I don't give a Bag O Crap? I cut my cable tether 3 years ago and frankly, I barely miss it.

$80 per month for digital cable or... $10 for Netflix and buying the occasional season of a show for $50 each. Hmmm... Oh, and NO COMMERCIALS! That alone is worth the money and cutting my cable tether.

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I learned a long time ago from Howard Stern not to trust Viacom

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I'm not affected. Broadband here.

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I'm affected. Viacom made a huge mistake pulling their online content. Now they're missing the ad revenue from that as well as the DTV revenue. The only channel we're missing is Comedy Central and let's be honest here, if we really want to see Tosh, SouthPark, Futarama, or Ugly Americans - we can get them. Quickly, with decent quality, low risk, and no commercials. So, yeah Viacom can KMA. At the end of this contract, DTV can KMA as well. We've got Prime, Netflix, Hulu, and a RedBox account. We'll be just fine. And for HBO, well... you know how that'll work out.

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I have comcast so it doesn't effect me. I like my bundle back from viacom so i'm not complaining. I mostly watch all my nick stuff on demand anyway.