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September 26, 2009


Having been a DirecTV customer almost since it began since out this far there are no other choices, I am happy with the options although I'd rather we could choose an independent package so say instead of sports, we'd get more movie channels for the same price. We watch zero sports at this set and don't want to pay for those who do unless they are also willing to pay to give me say Showtime as part of the package. We pay for HBO to get Bill Maher and can't give him up even though he's not there year round. Still a few extra movie channels would be nice. Too bad they can't do custom packages. I could cut out a lot of what is clogging up my menu. I enjoy the history, discovery and NGC type programming but never watch home shopping. News matters to me but they could eliminate Fox and I'd be okay with it. Cartoons are handy when the grandkids stay over. We do pay for the programs in the Portland area but hardly ever watch any of them. I could though tune in Dancing with the Stars this week to see DeLay... or maybe not. It was pretty funny on YouTube though but laughing at someone like him is not what I want to do.

And who beat OSU?.. UofA which happens to be where? Tucson!! Nyah NYah Nyah!!

Actually, I'm not a football fan at all and really couldn't care much less, BUT I am a complete Tour de France zealot which happens to be aired on VS. So, I am not pleased with the current situation since I am also a Directv subscriber. Fortunately time is on my side and I hope they get it all worked out by next July.

I think this is likely. Does VS/Comcast want to permanently forego Directv income?
That's a lot of money I would think. They're just playing negotiation hardball. I wouldn't switch back to Dish just yet.

I don't think cable companies or satellite companies should be allowed to own channels.

I love the NHL and watching the NHL on Versus but I'm not dropping DirecTv just to get Versus back. So until this dispute is resolved, Versus and the NHL is losing my households viewership.

I agree with tucson, the cable and satellite channels shouldn't be allowed to own content channels. They should be allowed to run their guide and preview channels of course, but not a channel that shows actual content.
I suspect that is one of the issues going on here is comcast hoping to get people to switch back to cable (i.e. comcast). Direct tv doesn't want to take it, but, they are making their viewers upset and likely will lose customers over it. Another case of short sighted corporations cutting of their nose to spite their face. I feel blessed that I have cable (and because the internet access is better/cheaper than satellite access I'll probably never own a dish of any brand). See ya later, I gotta get ready to watch the Capitals/Bruins game on VS. tonight! lol

oops, that was Jeff I was agreeing with sorry lol.

I don't think I agree that a Cable or Satellite provider should not be allowed to own a channel (or network). However, I think it would be very reasonable to say that a channel owned by a provider cannot gain exclusive rights to programming. This would preclude using the current tactics. It would be more beneficial to both parties (and the fans) to settle rather than cause or allow some third party to begin airing the games (at additional expense and thinning the advertiser monies).

i work for directv..just to refresh the convo.. usually when one satellite provider of the major 2 (directv / dish)is carrying the vs channel...then the other isnt. now..as noted in the VERY VERY beginning of this thread..it's DISH's turn to take the torch for a little bit. unfortunately..not too many people know that Directv is in the final stages of negotiations to get the vs. channel back..THIS MEANS..FOR ALL PEOPLE WHO JOINED A 1 or 2 YR CONTRACT WITH DISH NETWORK, SOLELY FOR THE 'vs' CHANNEL ARE SOON TO BECOME PRETTY ANGRY AGAIN WITH DISH NETWORK. mark my words. hint hint**if u are a directv customer--ask yourself.."Do I know what a retention credit is?" after you do some research about what a retention credit is..then..im pretty sure all you smart people will get the HINT on how to get some free service...im not saying anyone is better than anyone..because in the longrun..its costing us all money anyways..im just stating the obvious.

A petition has been started telling Versus and DirectTV they need to settle this and stop penalizing customers.

Lets spread the word and get hockey fans to sign!


It will be nice when you own your own dish and everyting is a-la-cart, you pick every channel seperately and pay for it, again they all have their hands around our NECKS !!!!!

I noticed my guide info for all the other Comcast-owned networks cuts out in a couple days. G4 stops on 2/16/10 at 7PM and E! stops the next day at 7PM. I am assuming DirecTV is also dropping these channels. If this is the case, I really don't see a point in continuing to pay for DirecTV. G4 is just about the only channel I watch.

That was a lot that you had to go through I know that DISH was having their dispute but as a customer and employee of DISH I will tell you that we signed a long term contract with Fox and shouldn't have this trouble for a long time. I'm not going to say never because things happen, times do change but right now we are set in stone and keeping our channels. I absolutely love football and even though I lost those channels for sometime I am really glad I stayed with DISH and didn't switch to DIRECTV.

Directv has an awesome services on sports packages while Dish Network is better on entertainment packages. On the other hand they are pretty similar, both are better than cable.
To know more the difference between DIRECTV and DISH NETWORK just visit: http://www.thesatellitecompany.com/

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