subscribers have lost
and "Mob Wives."
Unable to reach a deal with
, parent of several popular cable channels, including
and VH1, DirecTV is no longer carrying the media giant's networks. DirecTV has almost 20 million subscribers around the nation.
Both sides blamed each other for the channels coming off of the satellite broadcaster on Tuesday evening. Viacom said DirecTV dropped the channels without warning. DirecTV countered that its hand was forced by Viacom.
"DirecTV executives reached out to Viacom both yesterday and today with a new proposal and a request to keep the channels on while we continued to negotiate, but never heard back, so DirecTV had to comply with their demand to take the channels down or face legal action," the company said in a statement.
Derek Chang, DirecTV's executive vice president of content, said Viacom is "pushing DirecTV customers to pay more than a 30% increase, which equates to an extra $1 billion" for its channels. Chang went on to say that those increases are being sought "despite the fact that the ratings for many of their main networks have plummeted and much of Viacom’s programming can be seen for free online.”
Viacom said it had "proposed a fair deal that amounted to an increase of only a couple pennies per day, per subscriber" and that it hopes that "DirecTV will work with us toward a resolution, and stop denying its subscribers access to the networks they watch most."