DIRECTV May Lose G4
Washington, D.C. (September 21,
2010) -- DIRECTV subs, if you're
waiting for your TV provider to add G4 HD, you may have to wait
quite a bit longer.
In fact, you might even lose the standard-definition version of
the channel devoted to video gaming.
The Los Angeles Times reports that DIRECTV and Comcast, which
owns G4, are embroiled in yet another contentious battle over
The two companies locked horns last year over the Comcast-owned
Versus sports channel, which ultimately forced DIRECTV to drop
the channel from its lineup for several months. (An agreement
was reached shortly before the NHL playoffs, which Versus
carries, allowing DIRECTV to resume airing the channel.)
The Times writes that G4's current agreement with DIRECTV
expires at month's end. And G4 executives are already preparing
for the satcaster to drop the channel if talks go south.
"G4 offered DIRECTV the same
basic deal we have had for the past three years. However they
still plan to drop the network and deny G4 fans the only network
that focuses on the popular gaming lifestyle,"
the channel told DIRECTV in a statement.
G4 yesterday was even planning to make the battle a topic of
discussion on the channel's popular show, Attack of the Show,
but backed off at the last second, according to the Times.
DIRECTV, writes The Times, would not comment on the nature of
the talks with Comcast.
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