Versus on DTV

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  1. Hoosier205

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    Oh lord...let's not compare Versus to ESPN. Based on ratings...one is obviously worth more.
     
  2. Tom Robertson

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    Tho neither is worth a 20% increase... :)
     
  3. Grafixguy

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    Let's do it this way. Why fight a $0.03 increase and reach a "fair settlement" with another network for $0.30 increase?

    You can't measure the percentage against the one channel...you need to measure it against the total.

    And again...you're missing my point. If Versus was independently owned this never would have happened.
     
  4. Hoosier205

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    Carriage disputes happen despite the type of ownership. Just ask any Dish Network subscriber...
     
  5. Tom Robertson

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    If the $0.03 increase was on a formerly $0.01 channel, you'd jump at it? :)

    And again, do you have any information that ANY channel got $0.30 increase?

    Just because the companies didn't have to argue in public, drop carriage, etc. doesn't mean they didn't negotiate long into the night--many nights. (I don't know that happened either--yet I can imagine it happens.) :)

    Cheers,
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  6. Grafixguy

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    Oh forget it, have it your way.
     
  7. Lord Vader

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    Gentlemen, play nice. :icon_peac
     
  8. tonyd79

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    Because, just like anything else, it is all supply and demand. ESPN sure fire costs more than most (if not all channels) but that would be because they are in great demand. If DirecTV (or Dish, which often enters into disputes that kick channels off their system yet I don't remember them ever blanching over ESPN) dropped ESPN even for a short time, they would be committing financial suicide.

    The FACT is that Versus, while near and dear to some people, is not that essential to DirecTV's revenue stream that they can demand a lot of money. It is not apples and apples. As pointed out, a 2 cent increase on a 1 cent channel is a big whopper compared to a 2 cent increase for a 20 cent channel. Unless the 1 cent channel is suddenly very important to the business you are doing.
     
  9. Avder

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    You know it would be nice if all cable and dbs providers would band together and force ESPN to either lower its rates or offer itself a la carte. I'm a sports fan, but the only time I watch ESPN is during college football season because all they show in the winter is basketball basketball basketball, and I don't wanna pay the, what is it, like $3.50? a month for basketball I don't even want to watch.
     
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    I have no idea what you are talking about. FYI, I am not anyone who you are thinking of posting in racing forums. I think car racing is not even a sport and is just silly to begin with, so that's clearly not me. I am not sure if this is directed at me or IRlSpotter??????

     
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    It's a complete and utter fustercluck it hasn't been settled yet, I won't be happy at all if I miss the IndyCar opener on March 14th.
     
  13. Hoffasenior

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    Messing w/ my hockey and now messing w/ my UFC Fight Night Live! Enough is enough. "Why can't we just all get along?" It's all about the rich getting richer.
     
  14. james hyde

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    i want versus back very soon or i will turn off directv and swich to cox and i will never get directv again:nono2::nono::nono2::nono:
     
  15. james hyde

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    :nono2::mad::nono::nono2::mad::nono:i am mad at directv right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:nono2::nono::nono::mad:SIZE]
     
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  17. Avder

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    Too bad they cant just buy Versus. That would settle this whole versus mess quick...
     
  18. gregjones

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    And this is exactly the kind of waste of effort I would avoid. We can rant on and on about public airwaves, spectrum, etc. These companies spend all of the money to acquire contracts and distribute content. Why should we involve Congress because Comcast failed in a negotiation? Comcast played a game assuming that they were priceless and found out they were wrong.

    Is it irritating if you love Versus? Yes. Should Congress be involved? No. If they did get involved, I can guarantee any "solution" they provided would end up costing both taxpayers and subscribers. If you want this to be effective in the long-term, contact the NHL and tell them that you are tired of Comcast holding coverage hostage.

    You see, sometimes when you threaten to take your ball and go home, you realize nobody cares.
     
  19. gregjones

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    This is dangerously close to common sense, Tom.
     
  20. WebTraveler

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    I agree. Not sure where all this is at. I looked for some clarity and cannot find anything on it.
     
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