This is what happens when greedy bastards get even greedier. Direct TV already pays Viacom Hundreds of Millions of dollars as part of their package deal. Now Viacom wants even more, 30% more, and they don't care how they get it. Either Direct TV pays straight up, or they pass that 30% increase onto it's customers. Direct isn't willing to do that, but they are willing to compromise by giving us the option to pick and choose which channels we receive. But wouldn't you know it, those greedy bastards at Viacom said: "fuck that, Options? Don't need them. Who said anything about options. We need your money. You want to watch television, you can't have options."
Direct TV is doing the right thing here, but Greed trump's good faith negotiating. So by midnight tonite (Tuesday, July 10, 2012), it looks like channels such as MTV (HA!) VH1 (people still watch that shit?) Comedy Central (Pisses me off, but most of what I personally watch there can be seen as re-runs on other stations) and most importantly to MMA fans, Spike TV, will disappear from our TV's like a fart in the wind. I'm not big on Bellator, but I know plenty of new fans buy into that shit, like they buy into Bjorn Rebney as if he's the savior of MMA. Like where Dana White Failed, Bjorn will deliver. (How did that work out for son of Winnebago Man during his time trying to "Save" boxing? It didn't go so well, in fact, he was R-U-N-N-O-F-T from boxing for being a bigger cheat, liar, scumbag, and overall fuckwad and willing participant in the fucking over and stealing of souls of the boxers he oversaw.)
Anyway, Call your Direct TV provider and Email Viacom and each individual Channel and tell them to stop being so Goddamned Greedy.What's a few Hundred Million more dollars when you've already squeezed out a few Hundred Million out of our pockets to begin with. Supposedly, calling the providers actually have a decent ratio of success.