Originally Posted by N3NTJ
Looks like Comcast is pressuring the other carriers of Versus (cable, satellite, telco) to move the channel into higher tier packages in order to try to get more $$$. Of course, this also means fewer people sub to the higher packages.
This sounds kind of like the opposite
of the feud between Comcast and NFL Network not so long ago. NFLN wanted to force Comcast to carry the channel in a lower tier because they were worried ratings would be very low if Comcast moved it to a sports tier.
Looks like Time Warner has decided to do what Comcast attempted, which will result in substantially lower Versus ad revenues. Since Versus is owned by Comcast, Time Warner is trying to hurt their rival. And, this will all happen just in time for the playoffs when Versus stands to lose the most money.
If you remember, Versus started out as a basic cable channel. You could watch it in any room of the house, whether you had a converter box or not. Then, they moved it to the digital tier. Now, they're trying to act like this channel really only serves a niche market and squirrel it away with things like Tennis Channel and Fuel TV. Gimme a break!
I know the first round of the NHL playoffs will be covered by FSN, but it is likely the Pens will advance into the 2nd round and beyond where Versus coverage will take over. There are going to be a lot of angry subscribers in April. Let's not forget, we're talking about the defending Stanley Cup champs here. Interest in the team, including a fair number of casual hockey fans, will be peaking.