DirecTV and the new home for Formula D Versus are in a huge argument about it’s airing rights currently. The bad news is the current contract ends at 12:00am meaning that as of September 1st, 2009 if no agreement has been made that Versus will no longer be on the DirecTV network. I have spoken to some friends in the television industry and they have told me that likely this issue will be worked out at the last minute this evening. DirecTV’s official statement makes them seem like whining little girls.
You may have seen a message on your TV screen saying that you may no longer receive Versus after August 31, 2009. Here’s the situation.
Comcast, the largest cable company in the U.S., owns Versus. 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. Comcast’s unfair terms undermines DIRECTV’s ability to offer our customers the best possible value. If we simply accept these terms, we would have to absorb the unreasonable costs Comcast wants to charge us, and in turn we will be forced to increase the rates our customers pay. We do not want this to happen.
We are currently in contract negotiations and will continue to work with Comcast until the matter is resolved. We hope to keep Versus on the air. Rest assured that we are making every effort to ensure that you continue to be satisfied with your service.
Hopefully this will get resolved since tons of DirecTV users clearly care about the Versus network and it’s sports programming. We will keep you posted on this information once we see any breaks in the story or updates. If you are a DirecTV user then you see a note on your guide which should keep you posted with an update.If you are a subscriber to DirecTV please contact those idiots and let them now how upset you are about their choices and would love to head over to cable or Dish Network. Lucky for me I have no southern view of the Earth from my apartment so I have been on local cable since moving to Los Angeles.
-DirecTV has 18,000,0000 subscribers
-The average price cable systems pay is reportedly 18 cents per subscriber.
-No public data is available to know what Versrus is asking DirecTV per subscriber.
-The Better Business Bureau gives DirecTV a B rating.