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Viacom Settles with Direct TV. Thank goodness.

Was getting tired of watching The Daily Show on my laptop. Not sure exactly what Epix is but it appears to have been a major part of the problem and now we will all have Epix on our channel list. No idea of what else was included- assume it will come out as the story unfolds.


Viacom and DirecTV have reached a long-term agreement to bring all 26 Viacom Networks channels back to the satellite network. DirecTV Subscribers have been without Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and others for over a week after the two companies disagreed on contract renewal terms. DirecTV claimed that Viacom was attempting to increase its carriage fees by 30 percent, and refused to pay the higher price.

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Here's another link:
After a long, nasty and ultimately expensive wrangle, Viacom and DirecTV have reached a long-term agreement to renew carriage. (This story is developing). All 26 Viacom networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, CMT, Logo, Spike, TV Land, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic, Palladia, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, TeenNick, Tr3s and Centric, will return to satellite provider's channel lineup immediately.

As part of the overall carriage agreement, DirecTV has an option to add the Epix service to its entertainment offerings.



Leonard Pitts: Why silence from African-American voters?

From today's Miami Herald:

An open letter to African America:

In the late ’90s, the Internet belched forth a rumor that the Voting Rights Act was soon to expire and that black folks would lose the vote as a result. Though stupid and untrue, the rumor spread like a dust cloud till it was inescapable. You couldn’t get away from it in a confession booth. You couldn’t get away from it in a phone booth. Everybody was up in arms.

Flash forward to 2012. Now the threat is real. There is a sustained effort to suppress the black vote as we approach this pivotal election. And what is our response?


“I don’t sense that African Americans are truly aware of what is in the process of happening or could happen to them,” says Rep. John Lewis, Democrat from Georgia. “People should be angry. There should be a sense of righteous indignation. African Americans and people of good will, Latinos and young people, should be saying, ‘How dare you? The gall of you!’ ”

In Washington, conservative Republicans are seeking to gut the Voting Rights Act. In Florida, they are, in effect, purging Democrats from the voting rolls. In Kansas, there is a law requiring a voter show proof of citizenship. And in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are Voter ID laws, either passed or under contemplation.


Conservatives argue that such laws are needed to prevent voter fraud. This argument might hold more water if there actually were any significant voter fraud in our elections. There is not.

In a speech last week before the NAACP, Attorney General Eric Holder likened Voter ID laws to the poll taxes of yesteryear. He is right. Like the poll taxes, like the grandfather clauses, and literacy tests of decades past, Voter ID laws are officially race-neutral. And like those discarded laws, these new ones have the intention and effect of preventing African Americans from voting. Poor people, you see, are less likely to have photo IDs — and black people are disproportionately poor.

So where are we in all this? Silent, that’s where.



From the barber shops, silence.

From the beauty parlors, silence.

From the pulpits, silence.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/14/2894666/why-silence-from-african-american.html#storylink=cpy


Stephanie Cutter is doing an excellent job on FTN

She is clear, concise, direct and to the point and not letting the Romney spokesperson get away with anything. Also helps a great deal that Bob Schieffer is an excellent host and moderator. I see why Face the Nation is gaining viewers from Meet the Press.
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