Sorry Viacom, but I no longer want my MTV

Sorry Viacom, but I no longer want my MTV

Many of my fellow DirecTV users found themselves down a few channels today.

According to Entertainment Weekly:

At midnight on Tuesday, 17 Viacom-owned cable nets like Nickelodeon and Comedy Central went dark on DirecTV after the conglomerate failed to reach a new carriage deal with the satellite provider.

DirecTV customers who wanted their MTV (or their BET, or Spike, or VH1) were met with this message: “Viacom, the owner of this channel, forced DirecTV to suspend it despite our many requests to keep it on. We are working to bring it back as soon as possible without an unfair increase to your bill. Disruptions like this are brief. Go to for the latest info.”

To which I reply, meh.

Like a growing number of Americans, I've become less and less interested in TV. The only reason my wife and I have cable is because it's provided with our rent. Otherwise, we'd have bunny ears – free and decorative.

I'm sure there will be plenty of people calling DirecTV to complain today, but I won't be among them. I haven't watched MTV in years, have no need for Comedy Central since I can watch "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" online and am more of a "Cartoon Network" guy than a "Nickelodeon" guy those times I want to chill out and watch a few cartoons.

I'm sure this whole thing will be settled soon – things involving this much money typically are – maybe even before this post becomes a few hours old. But I'm glad I'm not one of those who will be wondering what I missed.

• Joe Grace is a writer and  journalist who lives in Chicago with his wife. If you haven't yet, please like Going for Gusto on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

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