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LEO59
09-12-2011, 10:57 PM
As of January 2012 Universal Sports will be ending their over the air broadcasting on local tv stations in favor of cable and Direct TV taking Figure Skating with them!!

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/473670-Universal_Sports_Spikes_Over_the_Air_Model.php

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=158377



This is sad for me because I do not have cable no more...

ChelleC
09-13-2011, 01:17 AM
Maybe more people will have a chance to actually get Universal Sports now.

I'm sorry you won't be able to watch it, LEO59.

Wyliefan
09-13-2011, 01:41 AM
I didn't even know they did broadcast on local stations! Sorry you're losing them.

caseyedwards
09-13-2011, 01:51 AM
Over the air is how i got to see so many of the grand prix events live in 2009- if not for over tha air I would have basically seen only the edited nbc weekend broadcasts.

love skating
09-13-2011, 04:26 AM
Noooo! I get it over the air and love it. And I have DISH not Direct. So sad. :(:(

AxelAnnie
09-13-2011, 05:34 AM
I am very confused. I thought they broadcast only on ComCast before. Did they just trade one cable co for another? will they still broadcast on the internet?

LEO59
09-13-2011, 06:56 AM
I am very confused. I thought they broadcast only on ComCast before. Did they just trade one cable co for another? will they still broadcast on the internet?

YES!!!

Universal Sports started out as a over the air sub-channel broadcast service for NBC and non-NBC tv stations..FCC must carry rules forced cable to add Universal Sports from local tv station to their line up..

Comcast Now owns NBC and Universal Studios and feels that it belongs only on cable and the internet where it can collect a fee ($$$)..

AxelAnnie
09-13-2011, 08:12 AM
YES!

Universal Sports started out as a over the air sub-channel broadcast service for NBC and non-NBC tv stations..FCC must carry rules forced cable to add Universal Sports from local tv station to their line up..

Comcast Now owns NBC and Universal Studios and feels that it belongs only on cable and the internet where it can collect a fee ($$$)..

But i read that it was going to Direct TV. His that different than having it on ComCast?

genevieve
09-13-2011, 08:20 AM
This SUCKS. I watch Universal Sports all the time - not just for skating :(

Jarrett
09-13-2011, 05:11 PM
I hope it is included in my DirecTv package!

rfisher
09-13-2011, 05:39 PM
I hope it is included in my DirecTv package!

You have to pay extra. You'll need to go the DirecTv site and add it. It's about $12/month, but the package isn't just US. There are several other channels included.

HisWeirness
09-13-2011, 05:41 PM
This SUCKS. I watch Universal Sports all the time - not just for skating :(

Me too. I have always watched it over the air. :(

genevieve
09-13-2011, 05:42 PM
%$#@& that Comcast/NBC merger :mad:

A.H.Black
09-13-2011, 08:28 PM
But i read that it was going to Direct TV. His that different than having it on ComCast?

Many people who do not have cable or satellite services have been able to watch Universal on their over-the-air digital TV's for the last several years. If NBC was on 5.0, for example, Universal was often on 5.3. It sounds like that over-the-air option will no longer be available and you will need to have Comcast or DirectTV in order to watch Universal. I still haven't seen anything about DISH carrying Universal Sports at all.

Hope that helps.

I don't think I was aware that VS was also owned by NBC and will become NBC Sports in January. I think this change will affect figure skating and gymnastics viewers more than Olympics viewers. Universal Olympics coverage has mostly been high-light shows and commentary and I haven't seen any programming notes that will change that for London.

AxelAnnie
09-13-2011, 08:43 PM
^^ Oh, thanks.