In a surprise move, DirecTV has quietly moved NBC Sports Network from the dreaded sports tier known as the Sports Pack to its basic package on Channel 220.
When DirecTV and its previous incarnation known as Versus was removed from the satellite provider in 2010, this was one of the major bones of contention between the two sides. Comcast wanted off the Sports Pack, but DirecTV wanted to keep it there. So when Versus returned in early 2011, it remained on the Sports Pack at Channel 603.
While the move had been rumored and in the works for quite some time, it finally happened today. In fact this morning, when I was putting together the Viewing Picks for Monday, NBC Sports Network was still on 603.
The move was announced in a tweet by Pro Football Talk.
Attention DirecTV customers . . . NBC Sports Network is now on channel 220.That is all.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 4, 2012
If you’re wondering why Pro Football Talk would make the announcement, NBC Sports Network airs a TV version of the site with Mike Florio and Erik “The Butcher” Kuselias daily at 5 p.m. ET.
There you have it.