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AYS
01-04-2012, 05:12 PM
This is all apparently still being hashed out, as I supposed. According to this article from yesterday:
Article on US transition (http://www.multichannel.com/article/478455-Universal_Sports_Transitions_From_Multicast_Distri bution_Inking_Deals_with_Six_Providers.php)


Universal Sports CEO David Sternberg said the network recently reached carriage agreements with Alaskan cable operator GCI, Hiawatha Broadband Communications in Minnesota, Cascade Communications in Oregon, Waitsfield Cable in Vermont, MTC Cable in New York and IPTV-distributor SkyAngel. He said the service previously had been offered on a multicast basis through some of those providers.
......."We are still very committed to our position and confident that we'll get deals done." .......
To that end, Universal Sports may announce a carriage pact with a major distributor, as early as this week. Sternberg also said the network was "pretty far along" with two or three others and "we could get to the finish by the end of the month."

He declined to comment on where things stood with Comcast, saying he preferred not to discuss individual distributors.

skatesindreams
01-04-2012, 06:06 PM
Fingers crossed that these "negotiations" will include "Bright House Networks", which has never had Universal Sports - at least in FL.

AJ Skatefan
01-04-2012, 06:13 PM
So my friends, keep hope alive!

BelleBway
01-04-2012, 07:08 PM
I don't really like this quote...


Unlike many sports channels, Universal Sports is not asking distributors to carry the network on their most popular programming package, typically known as expanded basic or digital. Instead, it is seeking to be part of specialty packages that consumers pay extra to receive if they want the channel.

Source: Universal Sports channel didn't disappear, it just seems that way (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/01/universal-sports-didnt-disappear-it-just-seems-that-way.html)

A.H.Black
01-04-2012, 08:01 PM
This is all apparently still being hashed out, as I supposed. According to this article from yesterday:
Article on US transition (http://www.multichannel.com/article/478455-Universal_Sports_Transitions_From_Multicast_Distri bution_Inking_Deals_with_Six_Providers.php)


I don't really like this quote...



Source: Universal Sports channel didn't disappear, it just seems that way (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/01/universal-sports-didnt-disappear-it-just-seems-that-way.html)
Thanks for these article links. It's nice to see some sort of update.

my little pony
01-04-2012, 08:10 PM
I wonder if enough people get direct tv to keep them afloat. I am not sure of the logic behind charging extra for stuff most people avoid when it is free. Do they still show informercials in the AM? That's an attractive selling point.

I'd be more likely to plunk down $ to get Eurosport ungeoblocked.

Karina1974
01-04-2012, 08:23 PM
I don't really like this quote...

Unlike many sports channels, Universal Sports is not asking distributors to carry the network on their most popular programming package, typically known as expanded basic or digital. Instead, it is seeking to be part of specialty packages that consumers pay extra to receive if they want the channel.

Source: Universal Sports channel didn't disappear, it just seems that way (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/01/universal-sports-didnt-disappear-it-just-seems-that-way.html)

I don't like it either. I hope their elitist attitude ends up biting them in the ass. I'm happy with TWC giving me Expanded Basic for only $9.00/month - between that and my Road Runner I pay only $56.99/month for Time Warner, and I intend to keep it that way, with or without US.

BelleBway
01-04-2012, 09:00 PM
I wonder if enough people get direct tv to keep them afloat. I am not sure of the logic behind charging extra for stuff most people avoid when it is free. Do they still show informercials in the AM? That's an attractive selling point.

I'd be more likely to plunk down $ to get Eurosport ungeoblocked.

They really need to add HD and more programming (instead of showing the same thing 10 times a week) to have a good argument for a premium fee model. Showing *every* skater at every event *live* would be a good start. (every event they cover, at least)

AJ Skatefan
01-04-2012, 09:02 PM
They really need to add HD and more programming (instead of showing the same thing 10 times a week) to have a good argument for a premium fee model. Showing *every* skater at every event *live* would be a good start. (every event they cover, at least)

I thought the deal would be that they would broadcast in HD, which would be awesome.

Visaliakid
01-04-2012, 09:23 PM
Letter from Universal Sports CEO David Sternberg
Published: Jan 4, 2012

"In addition to DIRECTV, we are pleased to announce that subscribers of MTC Cable (New York), Waitsfield Cable (Vermont), Cascade Communications (Oregon), Hiawatha Broadband (Minnesota) and IPTV-distributor SkyAngel will now also have access to Universal Sports Network."

Full letter @

http://www.universalsports.com/news-blogs/article/newsid=573543.html (http://www.universalsports.com/news-blogs/article/newsid=573543.html)

kwanette
01-04-2012, 09:25 PM
http://www.universalsports.com/news-blogs/article/newsid=573543.html?

I meant "tweeted"..

Wyliefan
01-05-2012, 02:35 AM
Is it just me, or are they shooting themselves in the foot here? :huh:

Lavergne100
01-05-2012, 02:47 AM
"acraven" posted a link to Universal Sports that lists what stations they are using on to show Universal Sports in different states. (Thanks for the link, BTW...) For Chicago, ILLINOIS which is where I live, it lists:

Comcast 251
RCN 51
WOW! 196
NBC over-the-air 5.3

I have Comcast. And Univ Sports used to be on channel 251, then switched last month (without telling me!) to channel 362 or something. I had to scroll thru every station looking for it! Thanks Comcast!

It disappeared entirely on New Year's Day. What a joke! I pay an arm and a leg for Comcast and have the upgraded, upgraded package to get Speedvision for my husband. So, he has all these extra sports stations and now I don't even have ONE! All I care about is figure skating and gymnastics and it's rarely on regular stations like NBC. I guess I'll have to go to You Tube from now on and just hope the lucky folks who actually get Universal Sports are nice enough to post stuff on there...

rfisher
01-05-2012, 02:48 AM
I doubt it. They negotiated with DirectTV which has a huge distribution.On DirectTV, it's part of a bigger sports package (10 channels). Figure skating is a very small part of the overall sports programming. We tend to forget that.

rfisher
01-05-2012, 02:49 AM
"acraven" posted a link to Universal Sports that lists what stations they are using on to show Universal Sports in different states. (Thanks for the link, BTW...) For Chicago, ILLINOIS which is where I live, it lists:

Comcast 251
RCN 51
WOW! 196
NBC over-the-air 5.3

I have Comcast. And Univ Sports used to be on channel 251, then switched last month (without telling me!) to channel 362 or something. I had to scroll thru every station looking for it! Thanks Comcast!

It disappeared entirely on New Year's Day. What a joke! I pay an arm and a leg for Comcast and have the upgraded, upgraded package to get Speedvision for my husband. So, he has all these extra sports stations and now I don't even have ONE! All I care about is figure skating and gymnastics and it's rarely on regular stations like NBC. I guess I'll have to go to You Tube from now on and just hope the lucky folks who actually get Universal Sports are nice enough to post stuff on there...

Um, you can always pay the very reasonable fee for universalsports.com and watch online.