As reported on SBNation.com the battle between DirecTV and Versus is over. From the full network press release:
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."
Now is a time of much rejoicing for us DirecTV patrons. There is no doubt that getting the first UFC event out and available was a very big part of things. That, in combination with the playoff race in the NHL and the playoffs to follow, are likely to have led to a need to get a deal done more than anything.
And the other big move is the removal of the rumored need to add Versus to a special "sports tier" at an extra cost.
Celebrate, DirecTV owners...celebrate.
Update: Given that I'm watching cycling right now on Versus...the network has already returned to DirecTV. That was very quick. Now, time to turn off cycling.