If you chose to stuck with DirecTV during the ‘Versus Network’ wars then congratulations, you now have Versus. If you ditched DirecTV and chose to go with Time Warner Cable because your idiot friend peer pressured you into it then congratulations, you also have Versus…but no HDnet. In May of last year, Time Warner dropped HDnet. The PR director for Time Warner Cable gave the reasoning that “being in HD is not enough“. Everyone eventually migrated over to DirecTV where both Versus and HDNet were readily available to MMA addicts across the planet. Things were going great, the world was at peace and then DirecTV posted this beef-infused letter on their website regarding the sudden breakup between DirecTV and Comcast.
“They (Comcast) regularly try to charge us amounts well in excess of what is fair and reasonable to carry the programming they own,”
“Their reason is obvious: They want to stifle competition from DirecTV. Comcast’s unfair terms undermines DirecTV’s ability to offer our customers the best possible value. If we simply accept these terms, we would have to absorb the unreasonable costs Comcast wants to charge us, and in turn we will be forced to increase the rates our customers pay. We do not want this to happen. In fact, Comcast has forced us to remove Versus because we would not accept the terms they demanded.”
Yeah, ‘Waah, I’m a billion dollar company and I still can’t play well with others’. Today, DirecTV and Comcast have finally elevated their social skills to that of a young adult and have come to a comprise to air the Versus Network on DirecTV just in time for UFC on Versus: Vera vs. Jones. Congrats everyone, now what the hell is going on with Time Warner Cable… [Source]