DIRECTV subscribers had MTV, Comedy Central and other Viacom channels restored yesterday as the the satellite company and the media titan agreed on a new seven year deal. The stalemate in which DIRECTV subscribers were blacked out from Viacom stations lasted two weeks. Precise terms of the deal have not disclosed but apparently Viacom will receive about $600 million in the first year of the deal, a 20% increase over their previous deal. DIRECTV did save some money by declining to carry Viacom’s joint venture premium channel Epix (estimated at $500 million annually).
Did Dish Network and AMC take notice?