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July 12, 2012
AMC offers livestream of Breaking Bad premiere for Dish customers
While VH1 was busy  reviving Pop-Up Video to blast DirecTV over the decision to drop Viacom channels, AMC decided to let an extremely persuasive chemistry teacher from Albuquerque do the talking. This Sunday, when the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad premieres, DISH subscribers who currently cannot access AMC will be able to watch a live stream of the episode on the network’s website. How’s that for appealing directly to the consumer? source
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While VH1 was busy reviving Pop-Up Video to blast DirecTV over the decision to drop Viacom channels, AMC decided to let an extremely persuasive chemistry teacher from Albuquerque do the talking. This Sunday, when the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad premieres, DISH subscribers who currently cannot access AMC will be able to watch a live stream of the episode on the network’s website. How’s that for appealing directly to the consumer? source

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14:49 // 1 year ago
timesunion:

Like streaming videos online, such as Comedy Central’s “Daily Show”?
Well, the fight between Viacom (which owns Comedy Central) and DirecTV has prompted Viacom to temporarily suspend some of its online videos. So we are all being punished in this dispute. http://bit.ly/NjL8Hb
— Michael J. http://on.fb.me/LbO0Bq

Worth pointing out, though, that one of Viacom’s ways of attacking DirecTV, a Pop Up Video mocking a statement by DirecTV’s CEO, no longer works; it was taken private last night. A deal in the works?
EDIT: As pointed out by a commenter, someone else threw up the video here.

timesunion:

Like streaming videos online, such as Comedy Central’s “Daily Show”?

Well, the fight between Viacom (which owns Comedy Central) and DirecTV has prompted Viacom to temporarily suspend some of its online videos. So we are all being punished in this dispute. http://bit.ly/NjL8Hb

— Michael J. http://on.fb.me/LbO0Bq

Worth pointing out, though, that one of Viacom’s ways of attacking DirecTV, a Pop Up Video mocking a statement by DirecTV’s CEO, no longer works; it was taken private last night. A deal in the works?

EDIT: As pointed out by a commenter, someone else threw up the video here.

9:26 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2012

laughterkey:

vh1:

We know a lot of our DirectTV fans are mad today.  We saw that the CEO of DirectTV had a message for users, and we gave it a bit of the Pop Up Video treatment… ;)

Call 800-531-5000 to

I think the whole thing is ridiculous and outdated, but this is a hilarious means of striking back.  

Seriously, they pull this tool out for this? What, are we children?

EDIT: They made the video private after posting it, but you can find a version here.

(via laughterkey)

14:18 // 1 year ago
We have been very willing to get a deal done, but Viacom is pushing DirecTV customers to pay more than a 30 percent increase. Viacom sent us a letter last night that outlined our obligations to remove the channels by midnight or face legal action.
DirecTV Executive Vice President of content, strategy and development Derek Chang • Discussing the struggles with Viacom that led the satellite operator to drop networks such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon last night. The fights aren’t new but the stakes have been raised of late. Just last month, for example, Dish Network had to drop AMC Networks in a similar dispute. However (despite declining radings), Viacom’s networks are much bigger and the resulting loss of content will be tough for subscribers to stomach. “It has been inconceivable that any distributor could drop Viacom’s networks, mostly because of Nickelodeon,” analyst Todd Juenger wrote in June. “But ratings are down, often significantly, at networks representing 71 percent of Viacom affiliate fees.” Anyone here a DirecTV subscriber? If so, how annoyed are you?
10:21 // 1 year ago
April 5, 2012
23:50 // 2 years ago
July 1, 2011

Google’s eyeing Hulu, or reasons they might be getting too big

  • then Back in 2006, Google purchased then-fledgling YouTube for $1.65 billion — its biggest purchase ever at the time. The service has grown massive over the years but has struggled bringing major content creators like Viacom on board — a huge bummer for fans of “The Daily Show” in particular. In fact, Viacom sued YouTube to get them to remove the clips.
  • now Hulu, a service started in part as a major studio reaction to YouTube’s viral growth, is now in talks with Google, who may buy the company out — and in the process, get the lucrative content deals that have eluded YouTube over the years. (Microsoft and Yahoo are also eyeing the service, by the way.) Will we finally see “The Daily Show” on YouTube again? source

» We don’t know how to feel about this: While we appreciate the fact that Google might make “The Daily Show” happen on YouTube with a buyout like this (though Viacom has pulled their shows from Hulu in the past), if it actually happens, it runs directly into a wall of regulatory scrutiny — as Google’s been feeling the heat lately. While YouTube and Hulu aren’t the only games in town (hi Netflix and Vimeo), together they’re big enough that it would deserve some regulatory scrutiny if it actually happens.

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17:25 // 2 years ago