DirectTV has a rather comical FAQ on their website regarding the Versus debacle. For those who do not have DirectTV; DirecTV’s contract with the Versus network was up on Aug. 31. All weekend Versus scrolled a reminder that “Versus may be removed” from the satellite provider’s lineup after unsuccessful negotiations.
DirecTV has said that Comcast allows other distributors to carry Versus at much lower level of distribution.
They regularly try to charge us amounts well in excess of what is fair and reasonable to carry the programming they own. Their reason is obvious: they want to stifle competition from DIRECTV.
I didn’t know Versus had the power to wield such a heavy stick. Although the UFL season is right around the corner! There is some serious leverage in contract negotiations.
DirectTV also reiterates that you need not switch from DirectTV:
Should I switch to DISH or cable?
If Versus is what your Cable/Satellite subscription hinges on, I would like to have a word with you. You need a little less Bull Riding and a little more substance in your TV diet.
In response to DirectTV’s press release, Comcast simply issued this:
Versus on DIRECTV [DirectTV.com]