Report: DIRECTV May Drop Golf Channel
Washington, D.C. (December 20,
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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