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Versus on DTV

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

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  1. WebTraveler

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    Apr 9, 2006
    We haven't had the NBA Trail Blazers here in two seasons and going on a third because they appear on Comcast SportsNet Northwest, and of course we don't get that. I am so glad Directv is sticking it to Comcast and support Directv all the way.
  2. WebTraveler

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    Apr 9, 2006
    Well FSN had the Trail Blazers until Comcast started CSN Northwest and signed the Blazers....so we had the Blazers before all the schenagins started.

    If you don't like this I guess you can leave Directv.
  3. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    How about a new sports pack for 5.99 with
    ESPN Classic
    Gol TV
    The Mountain
    Outdoor Channel

    And an RSN pack for 5.99 with all of the RSNs?
  4. mechman

    mechman Legend

    Apr 29, 2006
    That's a good proposal! The RSNs are worthless except the local ones.
  5. pittsburghrev

    pittsburghrev Cool Member

    Oct 26, 2009
    Been lurking for a while, but figured it was time to join the forum and this discussion.

    I also hope that this gets worked out quickly. I love hockey, but also enjoy the Tour de France.

    I'd be all for the suggestion above to put VS. in a package with other "outdoors" channels for $5.99/month, rather than adding VS. to the sports pack.
  6. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    How about a new level choice Deluxe?
  7. ctk

    ctk Mentor

    Oct 25, 2009
    should i then have the right to pitch a fit about how i watched espn classic and they offered that when we subscribed and now they have taken that away? or how the people on cable in my area can watch two fsn stations and i'm stuck with only one? really calm down and get a grip. you're making a big deal about ONE channel. if ONE channel rules and affects your life, you have some serious issues especially if it's a niche channel.

    and btw, versus not being shown nationally on dtv is the least of your problems wrt the indy racing league. you are going to have to get the fans in my category (those being champcar fans who will have nothing to do with your race series) to get interested and attending races before the sponsors will seriously come back, and let me tell you that ain't happening anytime soon and that's not just me talking but everything that i have read from champcar fans now. you have about as many people in the stands as there are households watching, and this was before dtv yanked versus.
  8. QuickDrop

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007
    But doesn't the idea that D* want to move VS to the Sports Pack make matters worse for companies like IRL? When the dispute first started, I assumed that the NHL and others would ultimately be on the side of getting VS back on DirecTV so they could have the "eyeballs;" but if a major part of this dispute is that D* wants to put the channel in a tier that automatically gives the channel less potential ratings then the sport franchises seem like they would be more likely to want Comcast to win the dispute and keep VS in the package it has traditionally been in.
  9. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    I enjoy watching a lot of the local produced shows on the RSNs. I find the Sports Pack a worthwhile purchase. Adding Versus to it would only enhance it, and make it a better value.
  10. bjlc

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    Aug 20, 2004
    You know.. Directv isn't God.. and they make mistakes.. and this is one of them. and you just can't blindly defend them.. You can try.. but the more you do, the more people lose respect for the poster..

    Directv could put this channel back on while they negotiate.. especially since Versus just wants the status quo..

    and that they are not doing so, lets you know just how they are trying to really punish comcast as opposed to just trying to work out a deal.
  11. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Directv offered to keep it on during negotiations...Vs said no.
  12. GopherIce

    GopherIce AllStar

    Aug 13, 2007
    How about just putting it back where it was, no new level and no extra charge?
  13. iceturkee

    iceturkee DINFOS Trained Killer

    Apr 1, 2007

    comcrap wouldn't let them, if you want to believe directv.
  14. jefbal99

    jefbal99 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 7, 2007
    My bad, I forgot that they swapped it for ESPN Classic :)
  15. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    A big +1
  16. Ira Lacher

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    Apr 24, 2002
    As an SEC fan living in godless Big Ten country, I enjoy being able to watch the SEC Network football games on out-of-market RSNs. Also, keeping up with local sports news that isn't available anywhere else.
  17. WebTraveler

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    Apr 9, 2006
    How about resolving all of the other bad faith things Comcast has done to Directv as well? What comes around goes around.

    It's clear that some have complained to Directv about the loss of Versus.

    It's clear some have complained to Comcast about the loss of Versus on Directv.

    It's clear that Comcast and Directv have been engaged in battles over the RSNs for the last several years, with it becoming more heated in the last year.

    It's clear both will be in operation for years to come. No doubt that Directv will lose a few customers. No doubt that Comcast's two increases in less than 12 months in several markets will cost Comcast some subscribers.

    The saga continues. Our boys in Congress could step in and regulate this better, but they don't. So no matter what we're screwed.
  18. Piratefan98

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    Mar 11, 2008
    I'm getting sick and tired of this ____ ____ DirecTV & Comcast pissing contest over ____ ____ Versus.

  19. scoop8

    scoop8 Godfather

    Jul 18, 2009
    Dallas TX
    You know, the more I've read the thread, the more I wonder myself about DTV's spin on this. I'm a longtime DTV subs, but I wonder. However, I see the Vs issue as part of a bigger problem regarding Comcast's apparent strategy as it pertains to satt providers, with the CSN issues elsewhere (Philly, Northwest). I think most of us here suspect that, since both sides have gone "public" with their "spins" on this, that unless someone here is a fly on the wall in the boardrooms, we don't know the real story in this Vs negotiation issue.

    Because of the ongoing issues with CSN Philly and NW, I still tend to see this DTV's way. If I were a Dish customer, I'd still lean DTV's way due to the other CSN issues. That, to me, indicates a trend on Comcast's part and seems to point to their "anti-satt" distribution philosophy.

    Since Vs is owned by Comcast, I haven't been able to separate the issues with Vs/DTV and the CSN's.
  20. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    You keep forgetting that DirecTV wanted to do just that before this whole thing started but Comcast told them no, they can't do that. Thus legally DirecTV had to take the channel down.

    DirecTV has done it with other channels in the past and in fact is doing so now with a couple other Comcast SportsNet channels that are out of contract. DirecTV still carries it at the expired price while negotiations on a new contract continue. But for some reason with Versus, Comcast decided to deny DirecTV the ability to keep carrying it.

    So at least on this one point you can blame Comcast all day for Versus not being on DirecTV while negotiations continued (in the background no less, we'd not even know it's going on). After that they both have acted like little kids.
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