Analyst: DirecTV customer service reps saying deal is “imminent”

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Is our weeklong national pay TV nightmare really close to being over?

Influential media technology analyst Richard Greenfield tweeted Thursday afternoon that DirecTV ¬†“appears to have caved” in its fee-negotiation standoff with Viacom, and that the satellite carrier’s customer service reps are telling subscribers a deal is “imminent.” That would, of course, put the conglomerate’s channels back onto the set-tops of DirecTV’s nearly 20 million U.S. subscribers.

Responded a Viacom spokesman: “That’s news to us.”¬†Viacom has already accused DirecTV of “spinning” the negotiations to look like they’re closer to fruition than they actually are in order to hold off a subscriber exodus.

DirecTV has to yet to respond to paidContent’s inquiries seeking confirmation.

Viacom channels were pulled off the service a week ago after the two sides weren’t able to reach renewal terms.

Would DirecTV customer service reps really lie? Will I really be able to watch The Daily Show tonight?

More to come on this matter as it develops:

Here’s Greenfield’s tweet:

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