So after DiSH dropped the IFC networks from their roster two weeks ago, we decided it was time to look into DirecTV.
However, in yet another contract dispute, DirecTV dropped their Viacom channels last night at midnight. That includes MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, and Comedy Central.
Though we don’t watch much on the first three channels – I get a hankering to catch Savage U (MTV) now and again, but we don’t record it – we DO watch a lot of Comedy Central content. The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Futurama (just 3 weeks into a new season), South Park, Tosh.0, the Comedy Central Roasts (next up: Roseanne!), many, Many, MANY stand-up specials … there practically isn’t a day that goes by our TiVO doesn’t catch something on Comedy Central for us.
An option for comedy nerds like us – providing DirecTV doesn’t get their shit together – is to pay too much for cable. This is because according to the networks, the MPAA, and anyone else with money to lose, downloading is piracy, am I right?
I don’t want cable. I despise Comcast. If we had any other option in the market, we’d take it … and we do. Today, I’m signing up for Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and all the other streaming options I have.
I may not be able to see the shows when they air or record them for viewing sooner than they are available in other places, but by Thor and all the other gods of the Norse pantheon, I will be able to pull my money out of the grubby hands of corporations who don’t understand that the people paying them don’t give a shit about their contract disputes.
We care about our shows, you greedy idiots.
Never give up, never surrender.