DirecTV Blacks Out Sabres Game on Versus

4:23 PM, Oct 14, 2009   |    comments
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The Sabres scored half-a-dozen goals against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night, winning 6-2 at HSBC Arena.  But some fans were blacked out of all the action.

Though the game was at home, and aired on Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, and Dish Network, DirecTV customers couldn't watch it.

An ongoing contract dispute between cable network Versus, which aired Tuesday's game, and DirecTV is the cause. 

Versus President Jamie Davis told 2 On-Your-Side,"Negotiations are continuing and we hope to resolve this dispute soon."  Davis adds DirecTV wants to place Versus on a separate sports tier that customers would have to pay extra for.   

For its part, DirecTV, in a statement on its website, says "(Versus owner) Comcast is demanding an overall rate hike of 20% on top of what we were paying.  Comcast also forces DirecTV to make Versus available to a much larger portion of our customer base at our own expense than they require from other TV providers - most notably, DISH Network.  We simply cannot accept these unfair and outrageous terms.  If we were to accept their unreasonable demands, we would have no choice but to pass on the increase in cost to our valued customers. "  Davis says the offer Comcast has presented to DirecTV would not cost the satellite provider any more money.     

Versus airs six more Sabres games this season.  The next game is November 30th, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.


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