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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NBC Taps “Last Call With Carson Daly” For Another Season; Even Daly Didn’t Know The Show Was Still On

Carson Daly

Iconic. Visionary. Charismatic. Desirable. Thought provoking. These words are rarely used in connection with Carson Daly.

Insomniacs, rejoice! NBC announced that “Last Call With Carson Daly” has been renewed for an eleventh season, and even Carson Daly was surprised to learn that his show was still being aired.

“It’s on at 1:35 (ET) in the morning, I’ve been told,” Daly said. “But I mean, really, who the hell is up at that time? Nobody I know still is up that late.”

NBC said that “Last Call” is currently experiencing its highest-rated season yet, though that’s “mostly really just conjecture. Nielsen Ratings don’t really measure ratings that late at night. We’re pretty sure, though, that it’s been a good year for the program.”
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