Originally posted on VentureBeat:

Pissing match

Subscribers of DirecTV’s satellite television service are most definitely not getting their money’s worth as of today — that is, unless you just enjoy watching ultra dramatic fights between companies.

As of midnight, 26 Viacom channels went dark on DirecTV, meaning its customers are now unable to watch MTV, Comedy Central, Spike, VH1, CMT, Nickelodeon, BET, Logo, and a handful of others. That also means those same people lose access to all the popular shows that air on those channels for the foreseeable future.

The channel blackout is due to a contract dispute between entertainment company Viacom and DirecTV. Essentially, Viacom wanted to negotiate a higher price for DirecTV to carry its channels, and DirecTV refused to pay it. The negotiations, which are likely ongoing, weren’t resolved before the original contract ended.

“We are deeply disappointed that DirecTV dropped Viacom’s channels before our midnight deadline this evening, severing our connection…

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