A report from CagePotato suggests Versus is likely to reach a deal with DirecTV and end their dispute in time for the upcoming UFC on Versus 1 event.
Sources close to the situation tell CagePotato that the dispute will come quietly to an end next week, with DirecTV subscribers once again able to purchase Versus as part of a special sports tier. While it won’t come in time for this weekend’s WEC card, MMA fans with DirecTV should have the opportunity to purchase the channel by the time the UFC runs its first event on the network later this month.
The agreement brings to an end a long and arduous six months without the WEC. But what was the fuss all about? … Versus and DirecTV, a satellite television provider with more than 18 million customers, couldn’t come to an agreement over the phallic-sounding “penetration rate.” Long story short, Versus wants to be available to as many customers as possible. DirecTV wants to put the network on a special sports tier that would require customers to pay a premium for the content. It looks like Versus may capitulate and decide some DirecTV subscribers are better than none.
Great news for you DirecTV subscribers, though it appears there’s a downside. You’ll have to pay extra for it.