According to a press release posted on DirecTV’s website, DirecTV has reached a new long-term agreement with Viacom to immediately restore 17 channels, including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and others, that Viacom pulled on July 10, after the two companies failed to negotiate a new contract.
“We are very pleased to be able to restore the channels to our customers and thank them for their unprecedented patience and support,” Derek Chang, executive vice president of Content Strategy and Development for DirecTV, said in a press release. “It’s unfortunate that Viacom took the channels away from customers to try to gain leverage, but in the end, it’s clear our customers recognized that tactic for what it was.”
Viacom also released a statement, reiterating that a deal had been reached. “Viacom is extremely pleased to bring its programming back to DirecTV subscribers, and thanks everyone affected by the disruption for their patience and understanding during this challenging period,” the company said in a press release.