First let me say, yes, I am a Directv customer. Normally I don't post non-book related posts, but this one would NOT get of out my head until I gave it the attention it was demanding. If you have Directv then you know all about the stand off between these two Gazillion dollar companies. We've lost channels such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CMT along with many more. It's not affecting me as much as it is others. I do miss watching Friends reruns at night and Teen Wolf on Monday nights. My kids miss some of their shows on Nickelodeon, but it's not a big deal to them either. What REALLY irritates me is in the end...I and other hard working families will still end up paying! Oh, I know what Directv is saying. They're trying to hold out so there isn't an "unfair" increase in my bill. Uh..."unfair" does NOT equal "no change". Yep, I caught on to that real quick. I know that switching providers isn't the answer. That's giving Viacom what they want in a round about way. What I don't understand is why is Viacom targeting Directv? Did they ask this same price increase from other cable and satellite providers but they just agreed to it without a fight? If you have the answer please let me know. I agree with Forbes. Battles such as this, where the biggest losers are the customers, are just going to make cable TV expendable. If I can pay for internet and pay small fees to get the shows my family watches on the internet then why would I keep cable with all the channels thrown in that I never watch? I can choose to pay for what I DO watch. Another option is I can rent the DVDs of most of the shows when they come out. Sure I might be a season behind but so what! I watch everything weeks later on DVR anyway. What it boils down to is how far are you going to push the customers? With the cost of living going up and the economy still in the dumps I just don't know much more I can afford. I mean I do have a
Kindle family to support. So tell me, how do you stop this domino effect?