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Frau Muller
10-17-2011, 06:28 PM
Oh, so do I now have to switch from Comcast to DirectTV, in order to get UnivSports? But, wait... wasn't UnivSports purchased by Comcast a few months ago? Sorry, this isn't making sense.

AJ Skatefan
10-17-2011, 07:43 PM
Oh, so do I now have to switch from Comcast to DirectTV, in order to get UnivSports? But, wait... wasn't UnivSports purchased by Comcast a few months ago? Sorry, this isn't making sense.

I know. But they've been running ads on US tv that if you don't want to lose Universal Sports, call the number. And on the website there's a button to click, which I did again. :confused:

LynnW
10-17-2011, 08:14 PM
So, I'm confused. Does this mean that Universal Sports will only be on Direct TV? So, if I currently get it on Comcast, will it go away?

No, from my understanding, Directv does not have exclusive rights to US. The way I understand it is that Comcast owns US and is going to be charging for the transmission after 1/12. Before this, it was a free channel to the cable companies so it cost nothing for them to broadcast. I used to have RCN and they included it in the basic package along with local channels.

However, other cable companies are now threatening to drop US because they will now be charged to broadcast it. US is trying to gather support for the other cable companies to continue broadcasting it.
I think it is just a coincidence that Directv is now beginning to broadcast US. Their decision to broadcast it has no corrlation to others dropping it or threatening to drop it. That is my understanding anyway.

Edited to add link: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/158377/

avivadawn
10-17-2011, 08:19 PM
I guess that it's "Goodbye US" because I watch it over the air and cannot afford cable or internet at home.

It was nice while it lasted.....one of the only ways that I could see some of the sports that I love.

A.H.Black
10-17-2011, 08:32 PM
With the DirecTV implementation, Universal Sports is supposed to be removed from over-the-air broadcasts as well as cable providers and Dish network.

DISH TV has never carried Universal Sports. I haven't seen anything yet that explains what will happen with Comcast and other cable providers.

Many people think that Universal Sports is part of the Comcast package - IT ISN'T. Those who get Universal Sports on Comcast get it because their local NBC affiliate chooses to broadcast Universal Sports on one of their optional digital channels on Comcast. Here's the way it works (I think)

Your local network affiliates are given a group of channels to use on Comcast as part of their contract with Comcast. They have their main channel (2, 4, 5 , 7 etc.) plus one or two or three other channels to use at their discretion. My NBC affiliate has chosen to use those channels to broadcast weather, news, and Universal Sports. Those channels then become part of the Comcast package. Whether the network affiliates will lose the ability to broadcast that channel in January has not been made clear.

I suppose it's possible that Comcast will be pulling Universal Sports as an option for the local affiliates and then making it a "real" cable/satellite channel. That way Comcast, DISH and any other providers will have to have direct contracts with Universal Sports, rather than having it available through the local affiliates. Right now the only cable/satellite provider that has a specific contract with Universal Sports is DirectTV (that I know of).

I have a couple of calls in to my local affiliate to see if I can get some specific information. When I hear back, I will post. It's sort of tough to find the right person to ask. No one seems to know anything about it yet.

MacMadame
10-17-2011, 09:47 PM
That's a very clear explanation AH.

I don't get US on AT&T uVerse and I think I am unlikely to after this change. But at least now it's possible. Before it was up to the NBC affiliate according to your explanation and now it will be up to AT&T uVerse corporate. I think it might be easier to get AT&T corporate to add the channel than to get a bunch of local NBC affiliates to do so.

Cherub721
10-18-2011, 07:44 PM
So I have to rely on Cablevision to contract with US and pay them. Ugh. Cablevision sucks (they actually took Game Show Network out of the regular cable package and added it to a premium sports package, forcing all the senior citizens who loved that channel to pay extra or lose the channel). I like US, but I'm not going to pay extra for it with a package of other channels I'll never watch.

BaileyCatts
10-24-2011, 12:00 PM
I never knew there were people who were able to watch it on free TV either. I have Universal Sports because it is part of my Time Warner basic cable package. I hope I will still have it come January 1st! :drama:

:eek: You have Time Warner and you get the US channel? I have Time Warner too and I don't get it and have been hounding them with requests when are we gonna get it and the answer ranges from "what channel?" to "never". :mad: What state are you in? Maybe I'll move there!

Frau Muller
10-24-2011, 12:30 PM
[QUOTE=LynnW;3324736]No, from my understanding, Directv does not have exclusive rights to US. The way I understand it is that Comcast owns US and is going to be charging for the transmission after 1/12.... [QUOTE]

Thanks for this. So nothing will really change for current Comcast subscribers who already get US...we pay for it now & we will continue to pay for it after January 1, 2012.

I believe that the current ad campaign by DirectTV is just to get more DirectTV customers....but nowhere in the ads do they state "After January 1, you will not get US unless you are with DirectTV." If you listen carefully, it is "...you may not get US unless you have DirectTV..." So US stays with Comcast too which, after all, owns US.

Borderline deceptive advertising to scare people into thinking that they must run and get DirectTV, even if they currently get US for a cost on Comcast or other providers.

SpeedySucks
10-25-2011, 04:18 AM
Thanks for this. So nothing will really change for current Comcast subscribers who already get US...we pay for it now & we will continue to pay for it after January 1, 2012.



No, Comcast does not currently have a distribution deal with Universal Sports. If you get Universal Sports on Comcast, it's because your local NBC station carries it over-the-air. You will lose Universal Sports on January 1st.

NBC Universal/Comcast has only a minority ownership in Universal Sports. They are currently working on a distribution deal with Comcast, but it may or may not happen by January 1st.

Lanie
10-25-2011, 06:36 AM
:eek: You have Time Warner and you get the US channel? I have Time Warner too and I don't get it and have been hounding them with requests when are we gonna get it and the answer ranges from "what channel?" to "never". :mad: What state are you in? Maybe I'll move there!

I'm in California. We get it with Time Warner.

Frau Muller
10-25-2011, 02:28 PM
....NBC Universal/Comcast has only a minority ownership in Universal Sports. They are currently working on a distribution deal with Comcast, but it may or may not happen by January 1st.

Yeah and in the meantime DirectTV is pulling out all stops to scare people into switching to their service. Come January 1, we'll see that US remains on the Comcast line-up of channels. If it doesn't, it's not as if it will take so long to switch carriers. I'm very happy with my Comcast Xfinity bundled package and will sit and wait. It's not as if I will miss a critical skating event on January 2, LOL!

emason
10-25-2011, 02:37 PM
I'm in California. We get it with Time Warner.

I am in NYC and I have it with Time Warner, at least for the moment. I think it has more to do with the level of service you pick more than anything. Some Time Warner levels have it and some don't.

FigureSpins
10-25-2011, 06:43 PM
After doing some research, I think the UniSports poll is to give them statistics for negotiating with the other providers. This way, they can say "# of your subscribers want this, so you should buy our programming." They probably have to negotiate contracts and such.

DirecTV gave me a three-month free "Anniversary gift" of their sports package and our NBC affiliate is still broadcasting UniSports, so I was able to see a lot of skating this weekend. I think the honeymoon ends in December and I'm okay with losing the channel from both services. There are other options and I'm not that much of a skating fan that I have to watch every event and skater.

A.H.Black
10-25-2011, 08:08 PM
ONE MORE TIME

For those of you who think you get Universal Sports as part of your basic cable package - Please read the following carefully!!!!!!!!!


Many people think that Universal Sports is part of the Comcast (or some other cable provider) package - IT ISN'T. Those who get Universal Sports on Comcast get it because their local NBC affiliate chooses to broadcast Universal Sports on one of their optional digital channels on Comcast. Here's the way it works (I think)

Your local network affiliates are given a group of channels to use on Comcast as part of their contract with Comcast. They have their main channel (2, 4, 5 , 7 etc.) plus one or two or three other channels to use at their discretion. My NBC affiliate has chosen to use those channels to broadcast weather, news, and Universal Sports. Those channels then become part of the Comcast package. Whether the network affiliates will lose the ability to broadcast that channel in January has not been made clear.



No, Comcast does not currently have a distribution deal with Universal Sports. If you get Universal Sports on Comcast, it's because your local NBC station carries it over-the-air. You will lose Universal Sports on January 1st.


Please don't assume you will still have Universal Sports after January. You probably won't.