After 6 months of accusations going both ways, finally Versus has returned to Directv just before the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is not a surprise. For me, I was also happy to see it come back in time for the start of the Indy Car season. My question however remains. What was the point of this childish little feud?
It didn't change channel locations. it didn't change packages. It's still part of the choice package. Comcast wanted it next to ESPN, that didn't happen. So again. What was the point?
Comcast wants you to believe that Directv were the bad guys & that poor mistreated Comcast was doing this for the best interests of there customers. Come again? Because of this nonsense, I missed the final 3 Indy Car races last year & the crowning of the season champ. Because of this, hockey fans were not allowed to see national games.
Of course Comcast wants you to believe that Versus should be paid the same as ESPN. Even last night, watching the replay of the Indy race from Sao Paulo, I had to hear "fastest growing sports network". As opposed to the redneck channel or the curling channel? Please. Lets review. ESPN has the NFL. Versus has bull riding. Yeehaw! ESPN has major league baseball. Versus has WEC (minor league mma, or as I like to call it professional bar fighting). Yes, Versus has college football. But it's small time unranked teams. Not the SEC or Big 12 top dogs like ESPN has. So this was a stupid fight.
I'm sure money increased to Comcast. My bill went up $5 a month ago. Was this part of the settlement? I just don't see Versus becoming a big player. Maybe in 2 years if Comcast is actuallly allowed to buy NBC, then they can use Versus for the London Olympics, but other than that or if they try a national sportscast to compete with Sportscenter (which has been tried before & failed. Remember Olbermann on Fox Sports Net-failure).
The only way this works is if indeed, Versus moves next to ESPN, not only on Directv, but on every cable provider. And I guarantee you, the government will be watching to see if Comcast gives favorite treatment to Versus & NBC over ESPN & other competitors on their cable systems.