VERSUS in Danger of Losing DirecTV Distribution

From the great Bruce Ciskie at Fanhouse:

FanHouse has learned, however, that millions of fans might not have access to those games. Major satellite provider DirecTV is in a contract dispute with Versus that threatens to take the network off the service.

DirecTV says their contract with Versus expires Aug. 31, and while they note that negotiations are ongoing, their message to customers makes it clear that the network could be removed from DirecTV if a deal is not reached.

This is trouble.  We’ll keep following this from here on in, but check out Ciskie’s whole story, it’s great reporting.

7 Responses to VERSUS in Danger of Losing DirecTV Distribution

  1. leafsfan1967 says:

    Depending on which team you follow this is a problem during the regular season. By playoff time it is a crisis….

  2. Chris says:

    This will never happen in a million years, but they should ditch Versus for TSN/TSN2. Carolina and Atlanta fans would be able to see their games around the USA.

  3. leafsfan1967 says:

    I’m not sure how ditching Versus for TSN would help fans in the States unless they were NHL CI subscribers….

  4. leafsfan1967 says:

    Steve, would you be able to provide us with email addresses to reach Versus and DirecTV on this?

    Versus and their parent company Comcast need to hear that freezing out DirecTV will not drive fans to Comcast Cable and DirecTV needs to hear that they will lose a lot of hockey customers if this train wreck happens.

  5. Justin says:

    You would figure the NHL would need to pressure one or both sides to reach a deal. This would a disaster for the league if this happened!

  6. leafsfan1967 says:

    >>You would figure the NHL would need to pressure one or both sides

    It’s possible the NHL might be able to put pressure on Comcast, but I’m not holding my breath…

  7. leafsfan1967 says:

    Here’s an article from the LA Times

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-versus-directv22-2009aug22,0,4477246.story

    The headline is a real downer but it contradicts what DirecTV is telling subscribers, that the negotiations are still on.

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