DirectTV and Viacom 10-day contract dispute over its channels has been resolved. Deadline reported that, earlier today (July 20), DirectTV restored Viacom 16 and other channels in which included: MTV, BET, VH1 and many others.
The companies provided little information about the terms. Viacom says the deal is “long-term” and includes “an option [for DirecTV] to add the EPIX service to its entertainment offerings.” Viacom co-owns the premium movie channel with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lionsgate. DirecTV says EPIX carriage “is not required as part of the new agreement” — but that satellite customers will “gain the ability to see Viacom programming on tablets, laptops, handhelds and other personal devices via the DIRECTV Everywhere platform.” Viacom had been looking for a substantial increase in DirecTV’s payments coupled with high single digit percentage annual increases over the life of the deal. Reported Deadline.