However DirecTV states, when added up, this is a 30% fee increase. They also state that Viacom’s renewal plans force them to add channels they don’t want. "Viacom insists that we carry the EPIX channel at an additional cost of more than half a billion dollars," the company wrote. "We know our customers don't want to pay such an extreme price for an extra channel, they simply want the ones they had returned to them".
Viacom rebuts this statement by saying that they had two renewal plans on the table one with EPIX channel included and one without. It is unclear though what the fee structural was for both renewal plans. The bottom line is it does not look like these two companies are going to agree on terms anytime in the near future.
Who suffers from this blackout? Everyone involved, but who gets the short end of the stick? That would be DirecTV subscribers.