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07-11-12, 09:20 PM
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/direct-640x429.jpg Viacom has removed Daily Show episodes, among others, from its official websites.
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So, Viacom and DirecTV are unhappy with each other. Viacom wants more money, specifically, "a fee increase of more than 30 percent, amounting to more than $1 billion in additional costs over five years," according to Bloomberg (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-07-11/directv-ceo-says-talks-with-viacom-continue). Some Viacom properties have seen ratings dips in recent months, most notably, Nickelodeon, reports Entertainment Weekly (http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/07/11/directv-customers-lose-mtv-nick-and-other-viacom-nets/).

DirecTV doesnâ??t want to pay that much, and as a result, has dropped all Viacom programming, which includes Comedy Central (No Jon Stewart!), MTV, Nickelodeon and others from its customers' TV options.

So, in a tit-for-tat move, Viacom is now trying to get fans of its content (http://blog.viacom.com/2012/07/directv-drops-26-viacom-channels/) to pressure DirecTV into calling the satellite provider by removing free episodes online, including "Jersey Shore" and "The Daily Show."

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