Well, this certainly stinks.
TNA put on one of the best shows of the year in Destination X this past Sunday (July 8) which saw Austin Aries "cash in" his X-Division title and defeat Bobby Roode for the World Heavyweight Championship.
It was an amazing experience to witness and I would be lying if I told you I wasn't looking forward to this week's episode of Impact.
Fortunately for me, I don't have DirecTV. And if you do, you might miss out.
That's because the satellite company is beefing with Viacom, parent company of Spike TV as well as MTV, BET, CMT, Nickelodeon and a handful of others, over money.
It's always about money, isn't it?
This would be a huge disruption for both companies.
Viacom wants a 30% increase in what DirecTV is currently paying them but they're not budging. They're willing to pay more for the channels, 26 in total if you include both HD and standard definition channels, but not that much.
DirecTV services 20 million homes in the United States which is over 15% of homes. That's a pretty big slice of folks who might end up missing out on Impact.
If an agreement isn't made today, DirecTV customers will lose those channels by midnight. While it's likely some kind of deal will get hammered out before then, it's no guarantee. HDNet was dropped from Time Warner Cable amongst others a few years back but that's a fringe network. Viacom has some serious muscle which DirecTV might not be able to afford to lose.
Any of you Cagesiders out there have the dish?