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Viacom Parodies DirecTV Spots in Battle for Viewer Support

Nickelodeon, MTV and Other Viacom Channels Set to Go Dark on DirecTV

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Viacom is petitioning viewers to take a stand against DirecTV, which will stop carrying the programmer's 26 channels at midnight if a deal isn't reached, with a video parodying the satellite giant's advertising spots.

Viacom's ad lays out the bad things that will happen if DirecTV drops its networks -- which include MTV , VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and BET -- including an unpleasant development for Eric Cartman, the "South Park" character.

DirecTV has said that Viacom is seeking a 30% price increase in affiliate fees. Viacom is arguing that its 7-year-old contract with DirecTV is based on wildly outdated terms.

Here's a real DirecTV ad bashing cable for comparison:

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