To quote that great sage Snooki: "Wahhh!"
DirecTV customers are currently living without 17 Viacom-owned cable networks after a deal between Viacom and DirecTV couldn't be resolved by midnight on Tuesday.
According The Wrap, the 17 networks affected are Palladia, Centric, Tr3s, CMT, Logo, NickToons, VH1 Classic, TeenNick, Nick Jr., Nick@Nite, Spike, BET, VH1, TV Land, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and MTV.
The 20 million subscribers hoping to watch those channels were reportedly given this message: “Viacom, the owner of this channel, forced DirecTV to suspend it despite our many requests to keep it on. We are working to bring it back as soon as possible without an unfair increase to your bill. Disruptions like this are brief. Go to DirecTVPromise.com for the latest info.”
If you visit MTV.com's show site, a video immediately pops up saying DirecTV has dropped 26 channels.
They list a number to call DirecTV to demand they bring back your favorite channels. (Talk about Awkward!) Over on DirecTVPromise.com, there's a don't-blame-us video with "fact vs. fiction" information blaming Viacom for taking away the channels.
At the beginning of July, the Dish Network had its own network dispute which led to Dish losing AMC, home of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.
These squabbles happen from time to time and hopefully the cable owners and distributors can work it out so subscribers aren't denied the pleasure of watching Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, Awkward, South Park and everything else they — or at least their kids — watch when they should probably be doing homework.
Sources: Entertainment Weekly, The Wrap, MTV, DirecTVPromise.com