NEW YORK ( TheStreet) --It often shocks me to realize the incredibly important role television plays in so many people's lives.
The other night, my wife and I had to deliver some perspective to our daughter.
We just so happened to be watching Nickelodeon when Viacom (VIA.B) fired salvo number one at DirecTV (DTV - Get Report). When she read the notice on the screen that DirecTV would have to remove Viacom programming, including Nickelodeon, from its channel lineup due to a contract dispute, she actually became emotional.
While we did not go completely old school on her, our response was sort of like the age-old parent line -- There are people starving in Africa and you ... !.She seems to have already gotten over the loss of Nick. Like the fickle pre-tween that she is, she replaced Nick's iCarly with Walt Disney's (DIS) A.N.T. Farm in short order. I'm sure the couch potatoes obsessing over the Viacom-DirecTV fight on Twitter could find something beyond Nick at Nite, MTV, Spike and BET for stimulation and fulfillment as well. Investors should pay less attention to the outcome of this latest network/content owner versus delivery system squabble in favor of a focus on the larger issue.