Versus on DTV

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  1. Oct 9, 2009 #2361 of 5379
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    Couldn't you see the FCC and federal lawmakers having a field day if that were too happen!
     
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    They / in demand don't have have the bandwidth.

    Yet they have rsn over HD shear time with a looping help video that is not in real hd. (used to be mojo) but the sd ver of the over flow shares time with a other channel that they don't have the HD ver of. and you pay more then directtv to get that as well.
     
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    I think D* does care, and I have a hunch the Versus fight has a lot to do with CSN Philly and CSN NW. The reason they don't carry CSN Philly is because it has never been offered due to a loophole in the law. The reason they don't carry CSN NW is because they want a the ridiculous amount of $2 per customer. There's nothing D* can do about either of those. But now that Comcast has something to lose in Versus, D* is sticking it to them. The differences they are claiming sounds like something that would normally be handled quickly, so I really think D* is fighting for to get all the Comcast RSN's or they will no longer directly help them compete against them. If that's the case, then I say good for D*. It's time that Comcast starts playing fair and D* is using what little leverage it has.
     
  4. WebTraveler

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    I agree 100%. No doubt many Comcast subs would leave Comcast if these channels were offered on Directv. It's anti-competitive to not have these channels on competing systems.


     
  5. Ken S

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    DirecTV doesn't have any exclusive channels do they?
     
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  7. MycroftHolmes

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    I have not been reading this thread so I'm not sure if it has been mentioned already, but I though you all might enjoy this if you have not seen it.

    I was driving down route 287 in New Jersey yesterday and I saw a plane pulling a banner. The banner said "Get Versus back on DirecTV. Call 888-something" If I had had my camera with me I would have pulled over and taken a picture.

    I had no idea that the issue was so big. They're bringing in the air support now. :lol:
     
  8. Paul Secic

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    Comcast is evil!
     
  9. Mark Walters

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    I'll let the article do all the talking.... Directv doesn't need Versus ---- Versus needs Directv. This is just horrible numbers... and Versus wants to charge Directv more money for that pathetic channel. Give me a break... Versus should be paying Directv to air it. I bet the infomercial and shopping channels bring in more of an audience than Versus.

    http://uflaccess.com/uflaccess/and-the-ratings-are-in/
     
  10. IndyMichael

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    It may be the first UFL game on HDNet, but not the first UFL game, that was Thursday night on Versus.
     
  11. ActiveHDdave

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    I am pissed off that direct is screwing with us PERIOD
     
  12. RACJ2

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    They are actually bragging about the UFL ratings. They mention that they accomplished that with less households because of the D*/Comcast dispute. Isn't VS on free promo with Dish and all cable providers right now, which could mean there are more viewers now?

     
  13. Tom Robertson

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    Even with the freeviews, Versus is still down a few million people.

    Wonder if Versus will whine and complain about Dish and others restricting Versus when the freeviews are all done. :)
     
  14. hdtvfan0001

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    That's a side affect perhaps....but the real culprit here is Versus and their pricing.....
     
  15. WyldCard

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    Im not sure if its the pricing or the demand to control what tier package Verses is on that is the big stopping point, perhaps both.

    I saw a very funny blog about this whole thing but instead of tv it was furniture. Couple goes to buy a new couch, but the couch has gone up in price. Couple talks, decides ok.... fine, we will pay the new price. Then the furniture company goes oh yes there is another caveat. We require this couch to be the focal point of the living room, couch cannot be moved or in any way be blocked because we want to be viewed by as many people as possible.

    Well, I tought it was funny. I hope this gets resolved. But if it dosent and Verses does not return to DTV, it will not be a dealbreaker for me. Dont get me wrong, I am a passionate hockey fan and would be disappointed if it was not resolved by NHL playoff time, but the feeling amoung my group of friends in the bay area, the versus/directv fight is the early rounds of a much bigger battle between comcast and directv. I had read elsewhere that DTV and Comcast are in mediation over the RSN issues with Comcast Sports Net Bay Area and CSN California due to the A's bouncing over to CSNCA. The Sharks got bounced to CSNCA as well and its causing issues for several non comcast cable companies.

    I suspect this fight will be waged as EACH RSN comes up for contract renewal with DTV.

    Wish I had a list of when those contracts are up.

    One question I do have, does Versus have any OLYMPICS coverage?
     
  16. Ken S

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    No, the real culprit is DirecTV for not providing Versus any longer.

    This is all a direct effect of DirecTV's push to increase margins and profits. DirecTV could provide the channel, they have elected not to. There are many channels that charge more per subscriber than Versus is asking.

    Only DirecTV is allowed to raise prices in their minds.
     
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    Comcast is rumored to be in the running for buying some NBC properties, including NBC Universal. Maybe they can get it off satellite by the Olympics...
     
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    I couldn't disagree more. I truly believe this is D* chance to stick it to Comcast, who has been sticking it to D* the past few years. D* is having a terrible time with the Comcast owned RSN's and I believe they are using Versus as a way to try and level the playing field a bit. If D* doesn't stand up to Comcast, the glory days of sports on satellite (and perhaps some NBC properties) may have already passed us by.

    As someone who grew up on Oregon, I will never have access to CSN NW because they don't want to be on satellite. They are asking D* for $2 per customer for a channel that will only make Oregon Ducks programming available outside its region due to the Blazers being blacked out. With that asking price its obvious they have no intentions of being on satellite. And the Blazers/Ducks are missing on most of the other cable operators in the region too for the same reason. Comcast is trying its damnedest to operate like a monopoly in cases where it can afford to, so I think its a necessary step for D* to battle them back. It sucks for the people like myself that are currently missing some programming, but if they can use this as leverage to get the missing content on satellite and keep the current content from going away, then I say go for it.
     
  19. JoeTheDragon

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    but the ioc has a lot more power then the NHL and the deals maybe also have stuff saying must be all systems.

    also the IOC can say have then on direct tv or WE Will give them to fox / espn or others in 2012 and lock you out.
     
  20. WebTraveler

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    Sorry Ken, check the facts. Comcast has been sticking it to Directv on all of its sports channels for the past 2-3 years very badly. The current situation with Comcast SportsNet Northwest and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia sets the tone; consider the crap Comcast is pulling with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and CSN California with Directv. Directv has the upper hand in the Versus issue and is finally using that leverage to get some action on these other channels.

    Also, Versus is a part-time infomercial oriented channel. Half the time they show old movies that marginally deal with sports on the channel. The fact remains it ranked 60 something out of 71 channels on the Directv system overall. There are what 5 Pac 10 and 5 Big 10 football games PLUS some NHL action (which ESPN passed on), and the Mountain West, which was passed on by everyone. There is nothing credible about Versus and/or Comcast and the continued issues is a prime example of the integrity problems at Comcast.

    The facts are the facts. The issue is bigger than Versus.
     
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