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Report: DIRECTV May Drop Golf Channel
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (December 20, 2010) -- DIRECTV may drop The Golf Channel at the end of the month due to a fee fight with the channel's owner, Comcast.

That's according to an article by Sports Business Journal.

The current programming pact between the two companies expires on December 31. If a new agreement is not reached by then, DIRECTV's subscribers would lose both the SD and HD editions of the sports channel.

Sports Business Journal reports that DIRECTV and Comcast are "far apart" in their negotiations.

The impasse is the latest dispute between DIRECTV, the nation's largest satcaster, and Comcast, the top cable operator.

DIRECTV was forced to pull the Comcast-owned Versus sports channel in September 2009 when the two sides couldn't reach a new agreement; the channel returned in March 2010 when a new pact was signed. And DIRECTV recently dropped the Comcast-owned gaming channel, G4, in another fee fight. (The satcaster poured salt into the wound by questioning whether G4 would even be missed by its subscribers.)

The satellite TV service also recently said it might soon drop certain channels that fail to generate high ratings.

Update: DIRECTV has posted a page at its web site acknowledging that it's in negotiations with Comcast to keep The Golf Channel on the air at the end of the month.

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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TVPredictions.com. He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at swann@tvpredictions.com or at 703-505-3064.

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