By Casby Bias
Jul. 11, 2012
A college student realized Wednesday that Viacom prevented her from watching one of their channels because it took away its networks from DirecTV and its customers.
The action stopped Casby Bias, a journalism major in the Diederich College of Communication, from looking at the only Viacom-net she viewed: BET. Her family and any DirecTV owner now faced extra payment for services if they wanted Viacom back.
Bias, noticing the problem, published and retweeted her anger on Twitter, joining the hashtag outrage.
"I was sure thinking, what the heck, when did BET get another channel: 329-01?" Bias said. "Then my mom said BET 'shut down'; I looked at the trends on Twitter, read the tweets, and I was all like, 'aughhhh no they didn't'!"
But Bias said Viacom's lack of business helped her television-exploring decisions in the long run.
“I don't really watch BET anyway," Bias said. "It only placed African-Americans in stereotypical light."