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Versus on DTV

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

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  1. Aug 23, 2009 #181 of 5379

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Careful.. That channel could end up disappearing from everyone except Comcast, and then of course you will see it loose its national contracts, and fall into oblivion....

    At this point, I expect it to disappear for a while till the PAC 10 Big 12 and NHL kick some caboose..... This isn't a local rsn, so comcast is playing with fire with national contracts, and Directv pays those leagues more than VS does, so I think in the end the bigger fish is going to win, and in this case, the bigger fish is Directv. I actually wouldn't be surprised to se Directv go after some of these contracts for the 101 if Versus does get dropped and those contracts come up for bid....

    I love speculating! :lol:
  2. Aug 23, 2009 #182 of 5379

    dvdmth Icon

    Jul 24, 2008
    Denver, CO
    That's because you're in Philadelphia.
  3. Aug 24, 2009 #183 of 5379
    Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    Oh wow this could be huge here, Versus has 7 Sabres games this year. Doesn't matter much to me though, I'll be enjoying all 7 games in HD on Time Warner no matter what DirecTV does. :D (With Rick's call as the audio of course)

    I cannot imagine the beating DirecTV will take in Detroit, Buffalo, Minneapolis and Boston. If D* does drop Versus, and if by some chance of fate my Sabres make the playoffs this year, there will be very few DirecTV customers left in this area.

    Come on Comcast, give 'em hell!
  4. Aug 24, 2009 #184 of 5379

    Peter305 Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2006
  5. Aug 24, 2009 #185 of 5379

    richall01 Godfather

    Sep 30, 2007
    South Georgia
    This will hurt dumpcast more than Directv!
  6. Aug 24, 2009 #186 of 5379

    Peter305 Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2006
    It hurts everyone. If Verus is removed and nothing happens before the playoffs next spring hockey fans will be forced to look to another carrier for hockey and I would hope that people would have the smarts to go to Dish or Verizon Fios rather than Comc%%p.
  7. Aug 24, 2009 #187 of 5379
    Steve Mehs

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    Mar 21, 2002
  8. Aug 24, 2009 #188 of 5379

    thestaton Legend

    Aug 14, 2008
    IF D* does drop VS, for those that subscribe to CI, could you catch those games regardless?

    If so I could see D* maybe offering those CI customers a better deal when the time comes to make up for the loss.
  9. Aug 24, 2009 #189 of 5379

    bwaldron Impossible Dreamer

    Oct 24, 2005
    Not for the games for which Versus holds exclusive national rights.
  10. Aug 24, 2009 #190 of 5379

    mklimek Cool Member

    Nov 2, 2008
    Another Indycar fan here. Hope they get it resolved.
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    espnjason Armchair Referee

    Sep 30, 2008
    How about this,

    DirecTV pays the asking price for Versus if they also get rights to CSN Philly and Northwest for no additional charge....

    ok I'm done :confused:
  13. Aug 24, 2009 #193 of 5379

    Peter305 Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2006
    In total VERSUS will televise 54 regular season games, wall-to-wall Stanley Cup Playoff action and Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. All of the network’s regular-season games are exclusive and VERSUS’ regular-season schedule features a Game of the Week wherein VERSUS will be the only place on television to watch an NHL game in the U.S. at that time. Due to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, an All-Star Game will not take place this season.


    So what this means is that if the deal isn't done, then at least one game a week would not be seen anywhere on TV in the States and in the playoffs only those games not shown by Versus would be available in the States. That's a big problem for fans and it surely is a problem for the NHL as well.

    Don't expect the wonderful Gary Bettman to say anything.
  14. Aug 24, 2009 #194 of 5379

    IndyMichael Legend/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jan 25, 2003
    If DirecTV quits carrying Versus, they should allow anyone who wants to, to cancel their account with no early termination fees. If I miss the last 3 IndyCar races of the season, I won't be happy.
  15. Aug 24, 2009 #195 of 5379

    sum_random_dork Icon

    Aug 21, 2008
    They all seem to be using the LA Times article. But, as of yet there have been no other sources saying that. I am guessing D* is saying ratings are not good because they're not willing to pay the current price that Versus is asking for.

    I know a lot of people want to lump this with the CSN CA/BA negotions, it's my understanding those channels are co-owned by Comcast with other groups. (CSN BA is owned by Comcast, News Corp, and SF Giants; Maloof S&E owns part of CA). Vs is owned wholly by Comcast. I am going to keep my fingers crossed, if Vs loses D* I gotta imagine The NHL, UFL, and IRL will not be happy that a large part of their audience has been lost. It would have to hurt the ad revune coming in. I think Vs has somewhat been hurt with their channel loction(s), even on the Comcast Network Vs isn't anywhere near ESPN on their SD channels, they sinced moved it on the HD channel layout. D* has it up by the RSN's instead of with ESPN and other sports networks, I would imagine more would watch if they knew where it was......
  16. Aug 24, 2009 #196 of 5379

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    I doubt they would agree to that over the loss of one channel.
  17. Aug 24, 2009 #197 of 5379

    Lodi25 Legend

    Jun 23, 2009
    How much dose it cost to cancel DirecTV with a contract? Huge IndyCar fan here! (I was in Sonoma yesterday for the race) Their are 3 IndyCar races left in the season and I'm going to be very upset if I miss them! I never would have thought in a million years I would consider going back to Comcast!! I hate Comcast!! But I need VERSUS!!!!
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    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

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  19. Aug 24, 2009 #199 of 5379

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    $20 per month left in the agreement. Canceling for 3 events on 1 channel seems a bit extreme but to each their own.
  20. Aug 24, 2009 #200 of 5379

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    Just do what someone else suggested. Suspend D* during the rest of the race season and order Comcast. After the season is over, cancel Comcast and reactivate D*.
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