TDQ Investigates: WTF Viacom and DirecTV?

DirectTV vs. Viacom

Can Direct TV hold on to Viacom’s channels? Programming availability seems to be just a game to the parties involved. A game in which the consumer always loses no matter how many quarters they have put in the machine.

Let me start by saying I’ve had DirecTV for several years, and during those years, I’ve been significantly happier with them than I was with the lousy cable provider I switched from, whom I won’t name, (here’s a hint, though-it rhymes with bombast).

I generally have had good customer service experiences, and there have been several times over the years that I’ve gotten a pay channel free for 90 days, and they didn’t pull that “you have to call and cancel after the promotional period ends or we’ll just keep it on and start charging you” nonsense. At the end of the 90 days, they removed it from my channels, and it never cost me a dime.
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Dish Network “WINNING!” Bidder On Blockbuster; Says DirecTV Can Bite Them

Blockbuster was here.

The fall of Blockbuster, the rise of the machines.

NEW YORK—Dish Network announced Wednesday that it won the auction for Blockbuster “with a bid of $228 million in cash, so screw you, DirecTV!”

By Tuesday afternoon, the smaller, less profitable, less popular satellite TV company, along with billionaire investor Carl Icahn and a small group of debt holders were the only bidders left who were trying to acquire the Dallas-based movie-rental chain, which had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September of last year, and which most Americans had just assumed was already out of business. Continue reading

O.J. Simpson Is Up To His Old Tricks Again, This Time In Prison

Simpson's Prison Cell

It is unknown who alerted prison guards to the Direct TV setup in Simpson's cell.

Lovelock, NV—It appears old habits die hard for O.J. Simpson. He’s stealing satellite TV again, according to an anonymous source close to him in prison.

In 2005, Simpson was ordered by a federal judge to pay $25,000.00 in damages to DirecTV for pirating satellite signals.

“He heard through the prison grapevine that ‘The Naked Gun 33 1/3’ was coming on in a week, and he went to town,” the source said. “I guess it was on Comedy Central or something. I sure as hell wouldn’t waste my time watching it.”
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