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Versus on DTV

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

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  1. WyldCard

    WyldCard Cool Member

    Aug 14, 2008
    My appologies if "dumps" was the wrong word, it came from the St Louis headline for the story.

    I understand these games are moves from local tv to the regional sports network. What I found particularly amusing/frustrating was remembering the mail pieces both electronic and physical I got from Comcast/Versus basically enticing me to switch from DTV because I would "miss" the 4 Sharks games on Versus.

    Out here in the Bay Area, all our games have been on the RSN for years, so no local over the air options here for several years.

    Being a hockey fan, if I was in the St Louis or Dallas market, and HAD switched, I would not be happy as you would have gained X games on Versus and yet be blacked out of many more on your regional sports network.

    Then there is this quote from the St Louis story

    "At some point, someone has to say no to the ever-escalating price of sports programming,'' Dish Network said in a statement, adding that it is "... the best value in TV today. One of the ways we achieve that is by sometimes just saying no to outrageous prices."

    This all sounds somewhat familiar. Its the same argumnt DTV is using with its spat with Versus. Seems it all about the price/terms for the carriage fees.

    As I have stated previously, I have no clue who is right in these spats, I just wish as a sports fan, they could all get it solved so we can move on and enjoy the entertainment of our choice.
  2. Greg Bimson

    Greg Bimson Hall Of Fame

    May 5, 2003
    I'm not questioning what was reported. I am questioning the belief that DirecTV is trying to put Versus in the Sports Pack.

    The reminder is that DirecTV has a hard stop a couple of years ago, where they stopped marketing Total Choice and Total Choice Plus, and started marketing Choice and Choice Xtra. As I recall, of the four packages, only one did not receive Versus, and that was Choice.

    So no wonder 14 million of almost 19 million had Versus. That means almost 5 million are subscribed to Choice. That sounds about right.
  3. ohpuckhead

    ohpuckhead Godfather

    Dec 15, 2007
    You're right about the the guide being wrong, if you're talking about the Directv guide.

    This is all about this coming Tuesday PM 10/20 and Wednesday AM 10/21.

    As I write this, my on-screen Directv guide has the Versus game listed at 3-5 AM and the TSN game listed at 4-6 AM, both on Wednesday. (Also later times during the day Wednesday.) So, according to that guide there are two different games scheduled between 4 and 5 AM. :eek2::confused:

    A check of the NHL Network's online schedules for the US and CA networks shows the following.

    As of 1PM ET today, http://www.nhlnetwork.com/en_US/tvListings/US/20091021 lists the Thrashers at Canadiens for early Wednesday AM on NHL USA. This is Tuesday night's TSN game.

    Early Wednesday AM on NHL CA says Blues at Penguins http://www.nhlnetwork.com/en_CA/tvListings/CA/20091021 This is Tuesday night's Versus game.

    Meanwhile, the online Directv.com guide shows only the Blues at Penguins game at 3AM Wed. on Ch. 215. At 5AM a Classic Series program is listed.

    There is no live game scheduled for the NHL Network USA on Tuesday night. So, either way we make out with a game we did not see otherwise because of the VS Tuesday night exclusive window.:)

    What do the mentally stable people who don't check all of this out do?:D
  4. Smooth Jazzer

    Smooth Jazzer Legend

    Sep 4, 2007
    Does anyone know if Versus is still going to televise Pac-10 CFB games originally on their schedule?
  5. TANK

    TANK Icon DBSTalk Club

    Feb 16, 2003

    That could put some pressure on VS to settle before a new NHL contract for next season. Is it a new contract or just another option year for VS ?

    Either one should cause concern for VS .

  6. Marty711

    Marty711 AllStar

    Oct 15, 2008
  7. sunfire9us

    sunfire9us Godfather

    Feb 15, 2009
    Im not sure if my friend's correct or not but he claimed the NHL has already signed a contract extension with VS
  8. Oilfan

    Oilfan Godfather

    Jul 18, 2004
    Current US rights deals with VERSUS and NBC end after the 2010-11 season.
  9. sum_random_dork

    sum_random_dork Icon

    Aug 21, 2008
    They broadcast the Stanford/AZ game on Saturday, so I haven't heard of any change. I doubt you'd see any USC game on VS becuase FSN, ESPN, ABC would all probably grab any USC game before VS could get their hands on it (they're all ahead of VS in the picking of Pac 10 games).
  10. Smooth Jazzer

    Smooth Jazzer Legend

    Sep 4, 2007
  11. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    We there yet?
  12. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Nope not yet.
  13. sdk009

    sdk009 Icon

    Jan 19, 2007
    Kihei, Maui, HI
    Another victim of this will be the MWC this Saturday as VS is carrying its biggest game of the year: TCU @ BYU at 7:30 pm (ET). The winner of this game could be the only non-BCS conference school to make a BCS bowl game.
  14. iluvtv

    iluvtv Legend

    Sep 29, 2005
    directv should add TSN games to CI as they carry VS games, lol, i don't suppose they could get away with this though.
  15. Dcm210

    Dcm210 Godfather

    Jan 17, 2009
    what they been showing VS feeds?
  16. blackhawkzone

    blackhawkzone Godfather

    Nov 29, 2007
    tsn2 shows all the versus games with the versus feed that dont involve canadian teams (just like the nhl network picks up some games from canada)

    and no, they can't be picked up in the states that way on any provider due to rights issues.

    again, if you want them bad enough google canadian dish
  17. jefbal99

    jefbal99 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 7, 2007
    Um, lil fact check needed there.

    2008 Utah put a whoopin on Alabama last year in the Sugar Bowl
    2007 Hawaii got their asses handed to them by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl
    2006 Boise State beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on a Statue of Liberty
    2004 Utah again put a whoopin on Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl

    No non-BCS school has ever been in the title game.
  18. nitty316

    nitty316 Legend

    Aug 27, 2008
    Versus will televise the Nebraska-Baylor game. I didn't mind that much before, but now this is personal.:)
  19. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    Welcome to the club!
  20. FenixTX

    FenixTX Godfather

    Nov 11, 2005

    I believe he is saying the only non automatic qualifier to make it to a BCS game this year. He's not saying that it has never happened.
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