Viacom is ramping up its war with DirecTV over how much it is paid for shows including “The Daily Show” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Unfortunately, its latest tactic is causing some collateral damage.
According to the Associated Press, Viacom on Wednesday shut off access to full-length episodes on its own websites, such as MTV.com and ComedyCentral.com, to all visitors, even those who have no stake in the dispute.
Some areas of the websites that once offered full episodes now say, “Full episodes are currently unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
DirecTV said Viacom was asking for a 30 percent increase in rates. Viacom said its latest agreement was made seven years ago and DirecTV is paying less than its competitors. The two companies blamed each other for the shutdown.
Courtney Mattison, a 22-year-old bank employee in Rutland, Vt., tweeted that the two companies were “acting like children over a business deal.”
In an interview, she said she felt caught up in a dispute that shouldn’t concern her, and it was costing her a couple hours of reality TV per night.
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