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Dear xxxxxxx,

beIN SPORT - NEW! AMERICA'S EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CHANNEL

To show our commitment to delivering you the best value in TV entertainment, we're happy to announce that DIRECTV has added beIN SPORT to your Sports Pack in HD and SD on channel 620. beIN SPORT is the new home of some of the world's most exciting soccer, including Spain's "La Liga", Italy's "Series A" and France's "Ligue 1". beIN SPORT, is the multi-platform sports destination that brings to the passionate fan all the live game action, news, and analysis of the top leagues around the planet, as well as exclusive and never available before content. From European and Latin American live soccer games to news and in-depth analysis, beIN SPORT guarantees first row access to top soccer leagues and major sports properties - from live games to one-on-one interviews.

With the addition of beIN SPORT, GolTV on channel 627 will no longer be available effective 9/13 on Sports Pack.

DIRECTV carries more soccer than any other cable or satellite provider in the U.S. - we are your source for the most international soccer from North America, South America, and Europe.

Sincerely,

DIRECTV

cfkane said:
Just got an e-mail from D* stating that Gol TV will no longer be available after 9/13. Doubt the channel will survive now.
 

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"cfkane" said:
Would be interested to know if someone who does NOT get the Sports Pack, but does get the Spanish got an e-mail. If not, maybe Gol will still be in the package.
The email specified 627 but not the channel in the 400s which was also open to sports pack customers. Maybe just an oversight as the other channel was not mentioned as being removed. If you read only the email, it does not say the 400s channel is gone from anything even sports pack. Therefore, I think they just didn't address it and both are gone.
 

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mws192 said:
German football, Spanish tv package? I'd half expect it to be the other way around; removed from the Spanish, kept on Sports Pack.
GOL TV really is a Latin American focused channel that happens to show German football. I believe they only subscribe to the Latin Nielsen ratings.
 

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maartena said:
http://www.bigsoccer.com/community/threads/gol-tv-being-removed-from-directv-9-13.1973858/

That thread seems to think that the channel will continue to exist in the Spanish language pack. Not sure if that one is HD or SD already.
Currently, the "spanish" version of GOL is the same HD feed of the "english" version of GOL. The only difference is that the guide data is in Spanish rather than English. Both the Spanish and English audio is available for both channels.
 

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"fireponcoal" said:
To those that will miss Bundesliga matches, yes. Gol will probably be gone by this time next year so it doesn't matter I guess.
If a channel is up for contract or option and it doesn't have enough to continue, I don't see how that is a low blow. Just business. Tough for fans who will miss some games but a low blow indicates some sort of nastiness. Like hittig someone whn they are down. That is why I was confused.
 

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Just got the email myself. More than a little p*****. I'm a big Bundesliga fan. Great timing on the email, almost at the start of the season. Thanks D* for the consideration. Not to mention the cryptic email. What does no longer in the sports pak mean? Now everyone is left to speculate and their csr's are clueless. You'd think in the 21st century a company could put together a clear , concise email explaining what's happening with the channel. Will it still be part of the Spanish programming? Why bother moving the channel to 627 for a few weeks, what's the point? So I can get a taste of what I'll miss the year? It would very nice if D* would confirm if the channel will remain in any of their packages, but hey, maybe I'm expecting a little too much....
 

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Well, it's as if D* is telling fans of the sport that they have been offered enough footie with them adding beIN... Be happy with all the english soccer coverage but now one of the lesser offerings must be removed. Feels sort of low blow-ish to me. Hence me posting it.

Perhaps room is being made for Pac12.. Who knows?
 

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24Flames said:
Just got the email myself. More than a little p*****. I'm a big Bundesliga fan. Great timing on the email, almost at the start of the season. Thanks D* for the consideration. Not to mention the cryptic email. What does no longer in the sports pak mean? Now everyone is left to speculate and their csr's are clueless. You'd think in the 21st century a company could put together a clear , concise email explaining what's happening with the channel. Will it still be part of the Spanish programming? Why bother moving the channel to 627 for a few weeks, what's the point? So I can get a taste of what I'll miss the year? It would very nice if D* would confirm if the channel will remain in any of their packages, but hey, maybe I'm expecting a little too much....
Oh, and I failed to mention I also can view GOL TV on channel 456 (HD & SD). Does D*'s email mean I'll also lose access to it on channel 456 come 9/13/12? I have the Premier package and am entirely unclear. Anyone know?
 
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