Viacom Reaches Deal With DirecTV, Avoids Potential Bellator Blackout

If you're a DirecTV subscriber, you were able to watch Paul Daley (left) fight in his Bellator debut, thanks to a deal between the satellite TV provider and Viacom. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Ten days ago the feud between Viacom and DirecTV hit the latter's customers hard, as Viacom pulled 17 of their channels off the airwaves, including MTV and Spike. This affected MMA fans because MTV airs Bellator, which Viacom has a majority stake in, on Friday nights. Spike TV, who will air Bellator cards starting in 2013, still has UFC programming as well until the end of 2012, and also has the show MMA Uncensored. Well today, the two sides kissed and made up and Viacom restored their channels to DirecTV, much to the delight of subscribers.

Seventeen Viacom channels — including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon — had not been accessible to some 20 million DirecTV customers since July 10 as the two companies haggled over how much DirecTV should pay to carry those channels.

The timing couldn't have been any better for Bellator fans, as the move was made just before tonight's Bellator 72 event in Florida. Viacom is well known though for getting into disputes with television companies and of course Youtube, so don't expect this to be the end of the story. For now, just be glad you were able to watch some live fights when things looked bleak on July 10th.

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