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Hallelujah! Versus and DirecTV Reach Agreement

Hockey fans, MMA fans, College Football fans, Indy Racing fans, and yes, Tour de France fans who subscribe to DirecTV can rejoice as both sides reached an agreement to resume normal broadcasting as it was in August 2009.

As reported in August 2009, the two sides were fighting over carriage fees. And it looks like a give-and-take compromise between the sides won.  It was reported that it was the zero hour for both sides as MMA cage fighting is to make its debut on Versus this weekend. Racing fans like myself already missed the first Indy Racing League race of the 2010 season, which took place in Brazil Sunday afternoon.

A statement from Versus reads as follows:

“DIRECTV and Comcast have reached an agreement to return VERSUS to the DIRECTV programming lineup today. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

VERSUS will return to the same DIRECTV programming packages it was in at the end of August 2009.

“We are pleased that both sides were able to work out a satisfactory deal to bring this programming back to our customers,” said Derek Chang, executive vice president, Content Strategy and Development, DIRECTV.

“We’re excited that we were able to come to a fair agreement that puts VERSUS back in millions of homes with DIRECTV in time for our busy spring programming schedule,” said Jamie Davis, president of VERSUS.  “We look forward to super-serving these fans with NHL regular-season and playoff coverage, our first live UFC event and much more.””

Versus can be found on Directv channel 603.

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