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Versus on DTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by kryscio23, Aug 19, 2009.

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  1. Aug 19, 2009 #1 of 5379

    kryscio23 Godfather

    Sep 4, 2007
    Seeing a message on the screen during the Track and Field Championships:

    It says that DirecTV has not yet reached an agreement to carry this channel (Versus) and it may not be available after August 31, 2009.

    What's up with that?
  2. Aug 19, 2009 #2 of 5379

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    Comcra..., er, Comcast playing hardball...
  3. Aug 19, 2009 #3 of 5379

    sum_random_dork Icon

    Aug 21, 2008
    I haven't noticed that yet, but I would be "bummed" if we do lose Versus. They have some college football games I watch and this fall also will be the "home" to the new UFL football league. I wonder if it's Comcast and D* fighting again. I still haven't heard offically if things are resolved with CSN CA/BA and we know that CSN Phillie/NW are not carried on systems outside of Comcast.
  4. Aug 19, 2009 #4 of 5379

    jmudukes07 AllStar

    Jul 8, 2009
    What the hell?

    I'll be so pissed if that happens - although I'm hopeful that the NHL ends up back on ESPN in a year or two anyway.
  5. Aug 19, 2009 #5 of 5379

    sum_random_dork Icon

    Aug 21, 2008
    That is basically the exact same thing the NFL Network did to Comcast, run the crawl on the screen "attention Comcast Customers......" Guess they're now doing it to D* customers to try and get them to call D* and complain or switch services. I gotta give Comcast some credit though; here they have added WGN, NBA, NHL, MLB, and ESPN news in the last few weeks in HD.
  6. Aug 19, 2009 #6 of 5379

    jmudukes07 AllStar

    Jul 8, 2009
    Also, I can't imagine the NHL would be happy about this - because of that I'm not going to worry TOO much yet.

    Not sure NHL would appreciate blocking out that many subscribers from most of their nationally televised games.
  7. Aug 19, 2009 #7 of 5379

    scoop8 Godfather

    Jul 18, 2009
    Dallas TX
    I go along with you on this one. I'm going to take the "glass half-full" route with this for now. We have enough (CI) to deal with (no MSG HD) already :rolleyes:
  8. Aug 19, 2009 #8 of 5379

    ARKDTVfan Icon

    May 19, 2003
    maybe they'll drop it and add ESPNU HD very sooon and then add VS back when D12 goes live ;)
  9. Aug 19, 2009 #9 of 5379

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    Cool idea! Then when VS looses Directv's 18 million customers maybe Comcast will feel the hurt.
  10. Aug 19, 2009 #10 of 5379

    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
    Vs. is the essential network for me. I hate the way these providers can add and pull their feeds on us. Most of us are under contract and cannot just switch provders when they play around with the channels. Perhaps the FCC should stop investigating ATT and Sprint for their exclusive iPhone and Pre deals and focus their attention on TV providers doing the same thing?
  11. Aug 19, 2009 #11 of 5379

    Araxen Icon

    Dec 18, 2005
    Directv better not pull a Charlie. I'll be very very mad and will take my business elsewhere as soon they turn it off. I'm not with Dish for this very reason.
  12. Aug 19, 2009 #12 of 5379

    espnjason Armchair Referee

    Sep 30, 2008
    I utilize Google Alerts for DirecTV updates, and one of the links I've recieved earlier had an article that may bring further insight to this discussion. (Please note that I am not allowed to post links since I'm a noob poster, but a longtime lurker)

    From nhl.fanhouse.com


    Wednesday was the day that the NHL announced their national television schedules for the upcoming season. The league's main United States television partner, Versus, has a slate of 54 games that begins on the first night of NHL play, Oct. 1.

    FanHouse has learned, however, that millions of fans might not have access to those games. Major satellite provider DirecTV is in a contract dispute with Versus that threatens to take the network off the service.

    DirecTV says their contract with Versus expires Aug. 31, and while they note that negotiations are ongoing, their message to customers makes it clear that the network could be removed from DirecTV if a deal is not reached.

    A brief question and answer on DirecTV's website puts the blame for this issue on Versus.

    Versus is asking for terms which do not reflect the market and which they are not asking of all other distributors. DIRECTV wants to keep your monthly fees low, so it's doing everything it can to avoid paying exorbitant programming fees.
    FanHouse has reached out to both Versus and the NHL for comment, and this post will be updated if either respond. Obviously, the NHL is affected, as they are the main anchor of Versus' programming.

    Also impacted are fans of college football. Versus is scheduled to air games out of the Big 12, Pac 10, and Mountain West this fall, starting with Texas at Wyoming Sept. 12.

    There are still more than 10 days left before this contract expires. However, in the light of the NHL's improved ratings and overall exposure nationally last year, this is not good news.​


    I really like Versus, but since it is owned by comcass... I'm not suprised one bit about this.
  13. Aug 19, 2009 #13 of 5379

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    I love this channel. WEC all the way.

    I will be soooooooooo $%#^#$@ angry if we lose this channel!
  14. Aug 19, 2009 #14 of 5379

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    This will be a major hit to hockey fans like myself. Not good news...
  15. Aug 19, 2009 #15 of 5379

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    I hope the blackhawks can find a way to show all there games on CSN if D* drops VS. That are VS only.

    GOOD THING that COMCARP only owns about 25% of csn chi and the teams want it on sat and all cables co in Chicago land.
  16. Aug 19, 2009 #16 of 5379
    Ice Runner

    Ice Runner Legend

    Sep 30, 2008
    As a Canes fan who subscribes to Center Ice, what do I care? They just announced the Versus schedule and it includes ZERO Canes game. Just so it's resolved by the time the playoffs come around. :)
  17. Aug 19, 2009 #17 of 5379

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    I just can't justify the cost of any of the sports packages. Without Versus...I'm screwed hockey-wise.
  18. Aug 19, 2009 #18 of 5379

    INfield420 AllStar

    Mar 10, 2009
    Yes it would suck if d* lost Versus as they are The network for IRL racing.I am more of a NASCAR fan but still like open wheel racing,hopefully I will be going to the inagural IRL race at Barber Motorsports track in Bham in april.It would be nice to dvr while I am there and come home and watch it like I do the Talladega races
  19. Aug 20, 2009 #19 of 5379

    mgoblue99 Legend

    Dec 11, 2007
    Here's my situation: I'm within my contract period, so cancellation would result in D*'s penalty being imposed. But, I am a major hockey fan (as evidenced by my CI subscription since I started with D*). If they lose Vs., I'd have to switch providers. Anyone have any idea if I'd be able to avoid the early termination fee due to a change in channels provided?
  20. Aug 20, 2009 #20 of 5379

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I've said this before, and I'll say it again, cable companys should not be allowed to own major cable channels like this, it creates conflict of interest and monopolies. I knew this would happen when these contracts were up for renew with Comcast owned networks, including Golf, E!, G4, CSN's, etc, that they would ask for way more money.

    I don't know why the NHL just doesn't show games on their own NHLN and do away with Vs altogether.
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