DirecTV drops 26 Viacom channels

July 12, 2012 4:25:30 AM PDT
Subscribers to DirecTV lost 26 channels from Viacom just before midnight Tuesday, including Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Nickelodeon and more, after the two companies failed to reach an agreement.

Viacom's programming also includes VH1, CMT, Spike TV, TV Land and several related MTV and Nickelodeon channels.

A seven-year agreement between the two companies expired June 30, and after a deadline extension, a deal still had yet to be reached.

Viacom says Nickelodeon is the most-watched channel on DirecTV.

A dispute between Chicago's Tribune Company and the satellite dish provider was resolved in early April when stations, including WGN, were at risk due to a contract stalemate.