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Viacom and DirecTV Settle

Viacom and DirecTV have settled their fee dispute, which means the satellite service’s 20 million customers will get access to shows like “Dora the Explorer” and “The Colbert Report” again. Neither side revealed terms, but they are very likely to be the same as every other carriage agreement: Viacom will get less than the fee increase it was asking for, DirecTV will pay more than it wanted to, and the costs will be transferred to TV watchers.


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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”