I must admit I did not expect this whole Versus and DirecTV dispute to go on for this long. I thought it would have been resolved well before the NHL season opener on Versus, but it’s looking like that won’t be the case.
I’m not subscribed to DirecTV, so I pretty much dodged all articles on this situation throughout the summer. It wasn’t until today I started to learn more about the whole dilemma after the laughable open letter the NHL posted on it’s website to the fans who have DirecTV.
First off, here is an article on this whole DirecTV-Versus dispute for those that don’t know.
Versus president Jamie Davis said the network’s distribution fallout with DirecTV is about positioning, not price.
Davis said network talks with the nation’s No. 1 DBS operator broke down over DirecTV wanting to remove it from some 6 million subscribers. Before the plug was pulled on Sept. 1, Versus, which had resided on the Total Choice Xtra package, counted 14 million DirecTV subs among its 75.5 million base.
“DirecTV wanted to take Versus away from 6 million subscribers who were receiving it for no additional cost,” said Davis in a Sept. 2 interview. “That was simply not acceptable for us. We hope to resolve things amicably, but that’s a non-starter.” 9-2-09
Now check this out. NHL.com is asking fans who are subscribed to DirecTV to complain to them in order to get NHL hockey back on Versus. Talk about not having any leverage on the situation, or basically saying, you guys deal with it, we don’t care.. This is not good at all for the NHL right now.