Web Wails As DirecTV Channels Go Dark

Source: Doug Gross / CNN

It’s a first-world problem of epic proportions, and the couch potatoes of the Web aren’t pleased.

Just before midnight Tuesday, a dispute between satellite provider DirecTV and mass-media company Viacom led to nearly 20 million customers losing access to 26 channels Viacom owns.

On social media Wednesday, it seemed like a good chunk of those millions were lashing out, telling the world that they want their MTV … or Nickelodeon … or VH1, Spike, BET and Comedy Central.

“When my son cant watch ‘The Backyardigans’ tomorrow he might call DirecTV himself,” Atlanta Falcons All-Pro cornerback Brent Grimes posted on Twitter, referring to the Nickelodeon animated series.

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