Is our weeklong national pay TV nightmare really close to being over?
Influential media technology analyst Richard Greenfield tweeted Thursday afternoon that DirecTV ”appears to have caved” in its fee-negotiation standoff with Viacom, and that the satellite carrier’s customer service reps are telling subscribers a deal is “imminent.” That would, of course, put the conglomerate’s channels back onto the set-tops of DirecTV’s nearly 20 million U.S. subscribers.
Responded a Viacom spokesman: “That’s news to us.” Viacom has already accused DirecTV of “spinning” the negotiations to look like they’re closer to fruition than they actually are in order to hold off a subscriber exodus.
DirecTV has to yet to respond to paidContent’s inquiries seeking confirmation.
Viacom channels were pulled off the service a week ago after the two sides weren’t able to reach renewal terms.
Would DirecTV customer service reps really lie? Will I really be able to watch The Daily Show tonight?
More to come on this matter as it develops:
Here’s Greenfield’s tweet:
— Rich Greenfield (@richgreenfield1) July 19, 2012