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    Thumbs down VERIZON FIOS

    Happy Holidays to everyone!!

    There is now a message on from Verizon on their main Menu Messages -

    On or after January 1, 2012, Universal Sports will no longer carry content through your local broadcaster on Channel WNBC - 464.

    The change was not initiated by Verizon. Instead,Universal Sports has decided not to renew their agreements with local providers to carry this content.

    They go on to say sorry for any inconvenience and thank us for being loyal customers!!

    I am very sad about this news and I am wondering where we will be able to watch figure skating. Ice Channel seems to always have a problem with their satellite, not worth $39.95 if we cannot see everything!!

    Does anyone know where else we could watch the figure skating events that will be coming up!

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    Happy Holidays to everyone!!

    There is now a message on from Verizon on their main Menu Messages -

    On or after January 1, 2012, Universal Sports will no longer carry content through your local broadcaster on Channel WNBC - 464.

    The change was not initiated by Verizon. Instead,Universal Sports has decided not to renew their agreements with local providers to carry this content.

    They go on to say sorry for any inconvenience and thank us for being loyal customers!!

    I am very sad about this news and I am wondering where we will be able to watch figure skating. Ice Channel seems to always have a problem with their satellite, not worth $39.95 if we cannot see everything!!

    Does anyone know where else we could watch the figure skating events that will be coming up!

    Thanks!
    I haven't had any trouble with Ice Network this season. You can also watch figure skating on Universal Sports website for a subscription fee. They should offer a subscription for watching Worlds. NBC and Ice Network will cover US Nationals.

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    Thanks AJ--

    Do you have to watch it when they first show it or is there a video you can watch anytime like Uni Sports?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    Thanks AJ--

    Do you have to watch it when they first show it or is there a video you can watch anytime like Uni Sports?
    No everything is also on On Demand. Ice Network won't be showing Worlds as far as I know though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AYS View Post
    Similar to what LEO59 has seen, last night while I was watching US, it was scrolling across the bottome that if we had Verizon FIOS or COX, we might be losing US.

    I am Comcast (and in Phila western suburbs) and Comcast wasn't mentioned in the scroll.
    Looks like NBC is creating its own sports channel to go head-to-head with ESPN.

    Maybe this is why many think Comcast and Universal Sports are parting ways?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    Looks like NBC is creating its own sports channel to go head-to-head with ESPN.

    Maybe this is why many think Comcast and Universal Sports are parting ways?
    I hope this station shows lots of figure skating. Lots more than we're currently getting on NBC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Skatefan View Post
    I hope this station shows lots of figure skating. Lots more than we're currently getting on NBC.
    Including more fluff pieces

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    Looks like NBC is creating its own sports channel to go head-to-head with ESPN.

    Maybe this is why many think Comcast and Universal Sports are parting ways?
    The NBC Sports channel is the old Versus (VS) channel. It is just becoming NBC Sports.

    Comcast and Universal sports aren't parting ways. The following is from the Universal site.

    Universal Sports Network is a free over-the-air "multicast" service that is distributed as a digital sub-channel of local stations in markets around the country. These local station distribution arrangements expire at midnight on December 31, 2011, after which the network will be distributed directly to cable, satellite and telco TV providers on a subscription basis.

    Where can I find Universal Sports Network beginning on January 1, 2012?

    Universal Sports Network is currently available and will continue to be available on DirecTV. We are presently in advanced negotiations with many other television providers throughout the country and expect to confirm additional distribution come January 1. We will continue to provide the most current distribution information on our website, UniversalSports.com, and on our Facebook page.
    Up until now you have received Universal Sports from you local NBC provider. They just happened to broadcast it over one of their optional channels on Comcast. If you receive it in the future it will be because Universal Sports and Comcast actually come together to make a contract.

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    I really am very confused.

    Verizon FIOS is saying that Uni Sports says that they have decided not to renew their agreements with local providers to carry this content.

    Universal Sports is saying they are in advanced negotiations with many other television providers throughout the country and expect to confirm additional distribution come January 1.

    Who do we trust??

    I do not beleive that the NBC Sports Channel is going to carry a lot of figure skating, if they will be competing with ESPN. It is very sad that Figure Skating cannot be shown on TV. People watch the sports that THEY enjoy on TV. It will be a big loss if, we, cannot watch our sport.

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    I loved all of the skiing, I believe also gymnastics, as well as the skating on Universal. I sure hope that the Universal coverage will pop up somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    I really am very confused.

    Verizon FIOS is saying that Uni Sports says that they have decided not to renew their agreements with local providers to carry this content.

    Universal Sports is saying they are in advanced negotiations with many other television providers throughout the country and expect to confirm additional distribution come January 1.

    Who do we trust??
    The two statements are not mutually exclusive. US had contracts that allowed for one arrangement where local providers carried the content for free. They don't want to do that any more and are currently negotiating to get their channel carried like a normal cable channel where they get a paid a fee.

    Now Verizon FIOS is trying to spin it like if they don't come to a new agreement it's all US's fault and US is trying to spin it as they are going to be on more than Direct TV eventually, but they are both saying the exact same thing once you remove the spin -- the current agreements are expiring and you are only going to get US if your cable company signs new ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A.H.Black View Post
    The NBC Sports channel is the old Versus (VS) channel. It is just becoming NBC Sports.
    Well, my Comcast service carries Versus; it doesn't carry US. So I hope the figure skating gets moved to Versus (or whatever it's going to be called) if Comcast can't come to an agreement and start showing US in all markets.

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    [QUOTE=A.H.Black;3413871]The NBC Sports channel is the old Versus (VS) channel. It is just becoming NBC Sports.

    Comcast and Universal sports aren't parting ways. The following is from the Universal site.

    Up until now you have received Universal Sports from you local NBC provider. They just happened to broadcast it over one of their optional channels on Comcast. If you receive it in the future it will be because Universal Sports and Comcast actually come together to make a contract.[/QU

    I understand that the local station distribution arrangements expire at midnight on December 31, 2011 and the network will be distributed directly to cable, satellite and telco TV providers on a subscription basis. So, why will FIOS which is a (telco) provider pick up this option and use it as On Demand or a Pay Channel, like HBO, etc. I wish I knew how we couldconvince FIOS to not drop this channel.

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    This is getting ridiculous. If you want Sunday Ticket, you need DirectTV. If you want US, you need DISH, and if you need reliable internet, you need cable from one of the providers licensed by your town. No wonder YouTube is so popular. Even if they play Whack-A-Mole and take the vids off as they find them, they're usually there long enough for most to get a chance at them.
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    US is on DirectTV. It's part of an optional sports package. It is not part of the basic DirectTV package.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceon6 View Post
    This is getting ridiculous. If you want Sunday Ticket, you need DirectTV. If you want US, you need DISH, and if you need reliable internet, you need cable from one of the providers licensed by your town. No wonder YouTube is so popular. Even if they play Whack-A-Mole and take the vids off as they find them, they're usually there long enough for most to get a chance at them.
    I'm confused by your reference to DISH. DISH has a channel called Universal but it is not Universal Sports. DISH has never had Universal Sports. The only provider to have Universal Sports after January 1st will be DirectTV. At least for now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    I understand that the local station distribution arrangements expire at midnight on December 31, 2011 and the network will be distributed directly to cable, satellite and telco TV providers on a subscription basis. So, why will FIOS which is a (telco) provider pick up this option and use it as On Demand or a Pay Channel, like HBO, etc. I wish I knew how we couldconvince FIOS to not drop this channel.
    The Universal help page goes on to explain -

    Why is Universal Sports Network making this transition?
    Universal Sports Network offers some of the most compelling Olympic and adventure sports programming from around the world. This is valuable, exclusive content that merits the payment of subscription fees. Changing our distribution model from over-the-air digital multicast will also free us from bandwidth constraints and allow us to offer the network in high definition (HD) for the first time. In the end, by making this transition, Universal Sports will be able to provide a better viewing experience to the many passionate fans of the sports we televise.
    It seems clear that Universal thinks they can make more money and provide more services by going to subscription distribution. Maybe they are right. I think they are taking a risk.

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    Two days ago, I talked to a Comcast rep about the US issue, and she assured me that we would not be losing US in this area.

    Bull. Shit.

    Comcast in North Georgia has officially screwed its customers. They're now broadcasting some bullshit channel with ancient series from the 60s and 70s like Dragnet, Adam 12, and the like, even though the cable guide still shows the channel (247) as Universal Sports and the programming schedule for it, and there's no new channel showing up anywhere in the lineup as an alternative.

    I'm so pissed right now I could spit nails.
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    We've been getting that channel in my area of FL for some time; instead of Universal Sports, even when our local NBC affiliate could have carried it.

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    Update: I was watching Sking again today and now Universal Sports has added "Time-Warner Cable" to the list of those who may not be carrying it on Jan 1 2012 on its message scroll at the bottom of its screen...

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    It seems that many providers are not going with the new Universal Sports, maybe, they will not make the change if they only have one or two providers.

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