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IndyCar Series: Versus and DirecTV Need to Get This Figured Out

This dispute has gone on long enough, and with the Izod IndyCar Series beginning in March, it needs to end soon. DirecTV pays Versus about 30 cents per subscriber, which is less than a tenth of what ESPN charges some distributors. Versus says it wants DirecTV to keep its distribution "comparable" to what it had. Versus, which is owned by cable operator Comcast, has fallen to about 62 million homes with DirecTV's exit. Versus says it just wanted DirecTV to carry it "at the same market price" other distributors pay. The real problem we have with this is that while it is still available to 62 million homes, there are still millions of homes that it's NOT available in. I previously had DISH Network, but after getting married and moving, we were...

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