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whiteroseitabo
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Where is Channel 187, Universal Sports channel?

What happened to Channel 187, the Universal Sports channel?  It's NBC's sports channel, the only one showing figure skating programs.  NBC (Channel 3) only has a very, very limited coverage of figure skating.  Any information would be appreciated.

Channel 187 appears on the TV lineup but not on the TV itself. 

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Re: Where is Channel 187, Universal Sports channel?

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whiteroseitabo wrote:

What happened to Channel 187, the Universal Sports channel?  It's NBC's sports channel, the only one showing figure skating programs.  NBC (Channel 3) only has a very, very limited coverage of figure skating.  Any information would be appreciated.

Channel 187 appears on the TV lineup but not on the TV itself. 


Updated information and comments are provided at the link below so it's all in one place. Locking this thread.Thanks!

 

http://forums.comcast.com/t5/Channels-and-Programming/Still-no-HD-Universal-Sports/td-p/894497

 

 

Long story short (somewhat):

 

Universal Sports Network is negotiating business terms for cable carriage with many video providers, including Comcast. Those negotiations are ongoing and can take some time.

 

As with any network contract, we want to come to an agreement that offers the best terms for our customers and our company that keeps both our costs and our customer's monthly costs to a minimum.

 

Comcast did not "cancel" or "remove" the Universal Sports Network. I realize that this is a matter of semantics with some customers as you used to be able to see Universal Sports Network on Comcast and now you can't. The Universal Sports Network was previously provided at no cost over-the-air via the local NBC broadcast station in several areas.

 

The Universal Sports Network made a business decision that they wanted to get paid for their programming (and there is nothing wrong with that). They then removed their signal from the local NBC station which replaced it with other programming.

 

The short story is that this network decided that instead of being available for free over the air via some local NBC broadcast stations (and subsequently carried by Comcast as a part of that deal) that the network would like to be paid for their content. Again, nothing wrong with that.

 

NBCUniversal has a minority, non-controlling ownership in the Universal Sports Network

Some good info here as background:

 

 http://forums.comcast.com/t5/Channels-and-Programming/Still-no-HD-Universal-Sports/m-p/894497#M9191

 

 and here:

 

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20120110_Universal_Sports_Network_now_a_pay-TV_channel.html

 

Below is excerpted from the above linked Philadelphia Inquirer article (the bolded text is likely the telling answer why it is not yet available on Comcast):

 

"Universal Sports is owned by the media-investment fund InterMedia Partners L.P. and NBCUniversal, which is jointly owned by Comcast and General Electric Co. NBCUniversal recently rebranded the Versus sports channel as the NBC Sports Network to compete more directly with ESPN.

 

NBCUniversal says it has a minority, noncontrolling ownership in the Universal Sports Network."

 

Below from wikipedia

 

Availability

Until early 2012, Universal Sports is distributed by:

•over-the-air broadcast (OTA) on a digital subchannel on all NBC-owned and -operated stations along with many affiliated and independent stations (see below)

•digital cable systems (re-transmitted from the OTA affiliates)

•an online streaming video service

•satellite via DirecTV

 

On September 12, 2011, it was announced that Universal Sports would convert to being exclusively distributed to cable and satellite providers, and would no longer operate as an over-the-air digital multicast network beginning in early 2012, not long after NBC Universal was bought by Comcast and took over operations of Versus. On the month before the announcement happened, in August 2011, DirecTV became the first provider to carry Universal Sports as a basic network.