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08-01-2011, 08:55 AM
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Goodbye Versus, hello NBC Sports Network

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/126495098.html

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Versus is history.
NBCUniversal is expected to announce Monday that it is renaming Versus, Comcast's ratings-challenged 24-hour sports channel, as the NBC Sports Network in January 2012. Versus has had major operations at the Comcast Center in Philadelphia but is now under the control of NBC Sports in New York.

The goal of the Versus name change - and other changes expected to be announced in the coming months - is to make the sports channel more popular with fans so that Comcast can charge higher per-subscriber fees for it.

As part of the overhaul, NBC says the cable channel's broadcasting style and presentation will parallel that of NBC Sports' by emphasizing storytelling and profiles of athletes.
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The date of the Versus rebranding in January 2012 coincides with NBC's broadcast of NFL wild-card playoff games, the NHL's Winter Classic and the Super Bowl - all games televised by NBC and with big audiences, allowing maximum exposure for on-air promotions to the new name.

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I guarantee I won't find my post but I know for a fact I called this one. Not just a name change, but I called that name as well (although I'm sure I'm not the only one). Figure NBC is more of a household name than Versus, so it makes sense.

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So, it's not going to really become nationally televised like other major networks? It's still going to be a subscription based deal? If so, that's a travesty.

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So, it's not going to really become nationally televised like other major networks? It's still going to be a subscription based deal? If so, that's a travesty.
It will be similar to ESPN. I would guess most cable systems have tiers, ranging from basic (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, etc.) to different escalating plans (some that include ESPN, the 24/7 news channels, etc.). The more popular the channel, the more Comcast can charge competitors to Comcast that want to offer VERSUS. That is how I interpret it.

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Good. I also hope that the channel gets broadcasted on more providers and moves down to a regular channel for cable. This way we can get more viewers. But it doesn't look that way since you have to subscribe to it? This is really dumb IMO.

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If it becomes like ESPN and actually pays attention to hockey, and isn't tied down to ******** stunts like the LeBron show on choosing where he will sign, then I'm all for it.

Since I'm not sure, will it just flat out replace Versus on the channel selection or will it be something else?

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bring back OLN

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It will not be a subscription channel like Showtime. It will be a channel like ESPN or CNN.

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yea as long as you dont have to pay for it, or hope your cable provider has the channel i dont mind. as long as i get to see the hockey games.

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I hope for increased hockey and boxing coverage.

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We all know the name is going to be confusing to most people. They are going to hear "NBC" and automatically turn to the wrong channel.

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I wonder what their plans for the Olympics will be. Will both channels have coverage?

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I wonder what their plans for the Olympics will be. Will both channels have coverage?
Good question.

I could see prime time being on NBC, and other stuff on NBC Sports.

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bring back OLN
I remember the debut of hockey on OLN...it was SAD. The set looked like something out a public access channel and the sound was mono. It looked really amateurish.

Having said this..gotta love rebranding. Like Xfinity which offered nothing new except the name...

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Comcast, while you're re-branding your channels, bring back TechTV.

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Comcast, while you're re-branding your channels, bring back TechTV.
That will never happen. They figured out that when they merged it with G4, that syndicated shows was the way to make money.

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It will be similar to ESPN. I would guess most cable systems have tiers, ranging from basic (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, etc.) to different escalating plans (some that include ESPN, the 24/7 news channels, etc.). The more popular the channel, the more Comcast can charge competitors to Comcast that want to offer VERSUS. That is how I interpret it.
Ok. In that case, I'm all for it. I have basic cable, unfortunately, so I haven't been able to watch Versus at home. If the NHL wants to grow, they have to broadcast it on channels that everyone gets. It's no coincidence that the NHL has taken off since NBC's TV deal.

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I hope for increased hockey and boxing coverage.
Absolutely. There really isn't enough of either.

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Any time I turn on VS and it's some kind of professional fishing, a piece of my soul dies. I KNOW there are better, more entertaining sports they could be covering.

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Any time I turn on VS and it's some kind of professional fishing, a piece of my soul dies. I KNOW there are better, more entertaining sports they could be covering.
Watch out for College Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, and Baseball/Softball.

Also International Soccer, MLS, and NLL/MLL.

I'd be shocked if some lacrosse and soccer coverage doesn't come out of this.

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Any time I turn on VS and it's some kind of professional fishing, a piece of my soul dies. I KNOW there are better, more entertaining sports they could be covering.
I agree, but it sucks for that one guy out there who lives for fishing on VS. What's he gonna watch now?

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I agree, but it sucks for that one guy out there who lives for fishing on VS. What's he gonna watch now?
The NHL Network is being made into the Fishing Network

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I love watching those fishing shows.

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Here's further info including talk of an NFL wrap-up show:

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Peacock has officially made the move in changing the name of its cable entity to NBC Sports Network. New moniker is a significant part of a rebrand that the net hopes will give the channel better footing with sports giant ESPN.

Official change won't take place until Jan. 2, where a new logo will also be go into effect.

"This allows us to completely align the brands that we have, including our regional sports networks," NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus.

Read more: http://weblogs.variety.com/on_the_ai...#ixzz1TqW28lNu

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Watch out for College Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, and Baseball/Softball.

Also International Soccer, MLS, and NLL/MLL.

I'd be shocked if some lacrosse and soccer coverage doesn't come out of this.
I think I read somewhere that Junior hockey might get some coverage on VS, I'll try and find the article.

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