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A.H.Black
12-20-2011, 08:03 PM
You won't lose it if you have Comcast.

I'm glad you are sure. I'm not.

There has been no official announcement from Universal or Comcast. Something that someone has been told on the phone is not enough for me.

Frau Muller
12-21-2011, 02:18 PM
I'm glad you are sure. I'm not.

There has been no official announcement from Universal or Comcast. Something that someone has been told on the phone is not enough for me.

Good grief, why are you always the frickin' Voice of Doom on this subject??? Get a grip. Some of us with COMCAST have been assured by that company that we won't be losing UnivSports on our paid digital-cable packages.

AYS
12-21-2011, 02:34 PM
I strongly suspect that DirectTV - as the first provider to come to a contractual agreement on this - has as part of their agreement with US that no other providers can make a confirmatory announcement until after Jan 1. After all, this has been one big cooperative ad campaign to draw in DirectTV subscribers while also reminding folks what they get on US. US actually announced this as their "I want Universal Sports" ad marketing campaign back in the summer.
http://sportsvideo.org/main/blog/2011/09/14/universal-sports-launches-i-want-universal-sports-campaign/


Universal Sports has already announced its first major distribution partnership, having launched on DIRECTV nationwide in July, and is in advanced discussions with other distributors to ensure their customers have continued access to the network in 2012.

They were already in "advanced talks" back in the summer and have made *no* confirmatory announcements about other providers in all this time. IMO, no matter what contracts have been agreed, we will not know officially until after Jan 1.

Keep US
12-22-2011, 11:20 PM
Actually, there is no distribution deal with Comcast to date. Therefore, on 1/1/12, you will lose Universal Sports Network if you subscribe to Comcast. Not sure why they are telling you otherwise. Please call them and continue to demand the Universal Sports is added to the channel lineup.

ks1227
12-22-2011, 11:45 PM
Actually, there is no distribution deal with Comcast to date. Therefore, on 1/1/12, you will lose Universal Sports Network if you subscribe to Comcast. Not sure why they are telling you otherwise. Please call them and continue to demand the Universal Sports is added to the channel lineup.
How do you know this when Comcast is saying something different?

Rex
12-23-2011, 12:39 AM
The domain for IWANTUNIVERSALSPORTS.COM is not working.... (http://www.iwantuniversalsports.com/)

Sandy
12-23-2011, 12:56 AM
FYI

I just spoke with a person from FIOS TV after being transferred several times.
He said that he has no record that Universal Sports channel is going off. His record shows no cancellation as of this date

AYS
12-23-2011, 01:02 AM
Keep US is part of the dual US/DirectTV marketing team whose goal has been to keep this issue going for the consumers as long as possible (that is, until Jan 1); and so, won't actually be providing any real updated information on this.

Sandy
12-23-2011, 01:18 AM
Why can we not get any direct information on this issue? We just receive bits and pieces. It has already beem announced that Verizon will carry a new MSG HD channel. All the TV providers out there such as Comcast, Verizon FIOS, etc must know at this time whether or not they will carry Universal Sports after December 31, 2011. None of these providers are being fair to their subscribers who pay for their services. It is our decision which provider we want to use.

MacMadame
12-23-2011, 07:26 AM
How do you know this when Comcast is saying something different?

Because he works for Universal Sports and knows what the contracts are. The customer service rep at Comcast only knows what's in their knowledge base of things they are allowed to tell customers.

Sandy
12-23-2011, 03:17 PM
Because he works for Universal Sports and knows what the contracts are. The customer service rep at Comcast only knows what's in their knowledge base of things they are allowed to tell customers.

MacMadame I agree 100% what you are saying beause the same is true for Verizon FIOS. I spoke with someone yesterday and they gave me info that they had available to them.

Are you able to find out anything about Verizon FIOS?

The Universal Sports programming, shows Off Air as of 12:00 AM,
Dec 31,2011 - no program information scheduled at this time due to station downtime. It goes up til 2AM Fri, Jan 6, 2012.

Frau Muller
12-23-2011, 03:33 PM
Keep US is part of the dual US/DirectTV marketing team whose goal has been to keep this issue going for the consumers as long as possible (that is, until Jan 1); and so, won't actually be providing any real updated information on this.

Absolutely, AYS. "Keep US" and a couple of others posting around here, keeping the 'fear fires' burning.

BreakfastClub
12-23-2011, 05:58 PM
Why can we not get any direct information on this issue?

Because everyone has to play by the FCC rules.

A.H.Black
12-23-2011, 07:32 PM
I appreciate having someone who works for Universal Sports check in occasionally with pertinent information. I hope Keep US will continue to post with more updates.

I finally reached someone at my local NBC affiliate who had some answers. They will start broadcasting a health network on January 1st on the channel that has had Universal Sports. So, unless there is an announcement from Universal Sports (and any other provider other than DirectTV) sometime in the next week, I will not have access to Universal Sports come January 1st.

AJ Skatefan
12-24-2011, 12:20 AM
I just checked on tvguide.com and it looks like no Universal Sports for me either after Dec. 31st. Grrrrrr.