DirecTV Olympics Snafu: Closing Ceremony Goes Dark for SoCal

Coming off the heels of another blackout due to a heated dispute with Viacom – DirecTV suffers another outage – this time due to technical reasons.  At 9:45 PM PST, DirecTV’s broadcast of the Olympic Closing Ceremonies began to break up intermittently.  The hiccups became worse and worse until the signal completely went black.  This went on for 20 minutes of the broadcast and was accompanied by elevator jazz and the following message on the screen: … Read more

DirecTv and Viacom Channel Blackout: Spongebob Walks the Plank

Since Tuesday, DirecTv and Viacom have engaged in a battle royale over drafting a new contract to replace the now expired 7 year contract that the two companies agreed to.  Viacom, upset with being denied an increase that they describe as being “less than 2 cents per subscriber per day for all 26 channels, NOT 2 cents per channel,” (source: Update on the DirecTV Viacom Dispute) have gone on a blitz to tweak the noses … Read more