Back then, Tyler didn’t sound so devoted to his Aerosmith colleagues. He took a question as to how his bandmates had reacted to the news he was taking the TV judging gig by saying: “At first, they were jealous,” because “they heard it through the press and not from me.”
“But four months ago, they were looking for another lead singer,” he noted.
“I spent a stint in Betty Ford. They have been judging me every day, and sometimes it hurt, but most times I came out through the wormhole a stronger person,” Tyler continued, looking more and more like a tiny volcano getting ready to spread molten lava over the countryside while hundreds flee.
Dish, DirecTV woes
Satellite programming providers and cable network-owning media behemoths — brawling over matters of high finance — have ripped Dora the Explorer from the arms of weeping infants, torn Betty White from the loving embrace of sexagenarians and otherwise generally made a menace of themselves.
Here’s the latest.
AMC, which hasn’t been carried on Dish Network since the end of June, announced Thursday that it would offer Dish subscribers the chance to stream the fifth-season debut of “Breaking Bad” for free this Sunday.
“AMC wants its loyal Dish viewers to experience the excitement of the ‘Breaking Bad’ premiere at the same time as their friends and neighbors,” the network said. “And we want to give Dish customers an extra week to switch providers so they can enjoy the rest of the season.”
This squabble began earlier this year when Dish, which has 14 million customers, told AMC Networks that it would drop its channels because the company forces it to carry IFC and WE to access a handful of popular series on its AMC network.
Dish dismissed the channels as too low-rated. “Hooey,” responded AMC, noting that its “The Walking Dead” is a cable-ratings record-setter and that “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” are nothing to sneer at either in the ratings department. AMC said Dish actually dropped some of viewers’ fave shows because of an unrelated lawsuit between the two companies.
Meanwhile, Viacom — parent company of Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and other cable networks — this week retaliated against DirecTV, which has dropped Viacom’s networks, by pulling popular show streams from its Web sites.That includes Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and ‘The Colbert Report,” MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” and Nick’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Dora the Explorer.”
Viacom said that it pared back the number of full-length show episodes available on its Web sites because DirecTV had started marketing those Web streams to its customers as the place to watch the shows while they were not available on DirecTV.
Earlier this week, Viacom-owned networks — Comedy Central, MTV, TV Land, BET, Spike, VH1, Nickelodeon, etc. — went dark on DirecTV.
“VIACOM HAS PULLED THEIR CHANNELS. Now they’re blocking you from their best online content,” DirecTV raged Thursday.
DirecTV also took issue with ads that Viacom had been running on Nick, warning children that they were about to lose their favorite TV shows.
“It’s always wrong to have an actor or comedian say things in support of people who can make them even richer, and especially when it comes at our customers’ expense, but it’s indefensible to try to use children’s trusted cartoon characters like Dora the Explorer to try to trick and scare them,” DirecTV scolded.
Entertainment Weekly jumped on that bandwagon, interviewing the mother of a 3-year-old who said Junior was in tears when he saw the commercial, asking her: “I’ll never get to watch Dora again, Mommy. Why are they doing that? . . . I love Dora.”
Viacom wants DirecTV to pay 30 percent more in carriage fees. Viacom likes to call it a couple of pennies per day per subscriber; DirecTV prefers to call it a billion dollars in costs to DirecTV customers.
To read previous columns by Lisa de Moraes, go to washingtonpost.com/