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Versus, Golf Channel Reach Deal With Charter Cable

Tuesday it looked as if failure to reach an agreement would of led to Charter Cable dropping Versus from their expanded basic cable package or their cable system all together. Since then Charter Cable has reached an agreement with Versus and the Golf Channel to continue the broadcast of those channels.

Comcast-owned sports channels Versus and Golf Channel late Tuesday reached an agreement in principle with cable operator Charter Communications that avoided the networks pulling their signal from Charter’s 4 million-5 million subscribers.

Versus and Golf Channel both threatened to pull the signal by midnight Wednesday if a new carriage agreement hadn’t been reached. Charter’s agreements with Versus and Golf Channel both ran out more than a year ago but had been extended until recently.

Terms of the deal weren’t announced. The parties declined comment on the specifics Tuesday, though at least Golf Channel was going to stay on its basic cable position.

“Golf fans will continue to be able to enjoy Golf programming, including the PGA Tour, on basic cable as they have for the past decade,” a Golf Channel spokesman said late Tuesday.

It wasn’t clear whether the same could be said for Versus. Versus declined comment.

Good news for Charter Cable customers who like the niche sports that don’t get much play on ESPN.

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