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Want FUEL? Change cable companies.

Figured out how you’re gonna watch this yet?

If you’re like me, you’re hoping that the UFC and FOX use their heft and craftiness to maneuver the FUEL channel onto more cable providers and better package tiers. Since FUEL is going to be full of fight nights and international TUFs, it’d help if the majority of fans actually had access to the channel. But this quote isn’t exactly heartening:

The UFC president realizes that Fuel TV isn’t available everywhere (36 millions homes vs. 100+ with Spike and FX) so fans will have to make a decision.

“If you’re a UFC fan, you really love your UFC, it’s impossible not to have Fuel,” White said. “What happens is, UFC fans have to make hard decisions, and they want it in HD and cable doesn’t have it in HD you’re gonna have to switch to DirecTV, or Comcast is going to have to carry it.”

White lobbed a shot the way of cable networks that don’t carry Fuel TV.

“If you don’t have it [UFC fans will] go to where it is,” White said. “Really the only option for people who don’t have it on Comcast or Time Warner, they can switch and go to DirecTV tomorrow and have it.”

I know he’s just using us rabid fans as leverage but man, I hope that isn’t a long term strategy. My monthly cable bill is already a reminder that I’m the UFC’s bitch, and now they’re telling me I gotta switch providers? The UFC is lucky it’s got fans like us by the balls. A lot of us probably will break down and switch when it’s time for TUF Brazil to debut.

  • greenseed says:

    none of the companies offer fueltv in british columbia yet :(

    i read that rogers signed an exclusive deal with fox and rogers is negotiating with telus and shaw. they only have rogers cell phone service out here.

  • frickshun says:

    I think you’re reading it rawng. He’s telling cable companies that fans will ask them to politely fuck off if they don’t pick up Fuel.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    I get it free till the end of this month, but I don’t think watching third stringers like Diego is worth 72 bucks a year.

  • agentsmith says:

    @ Greenseed and all other Canucks:

    If you get Sportsnet (specifically Sportsnet ONE) then you’re golden, it’s one-stop-surfing for all UFC content regardless of what channel it airs on in the US.  I know thats a Rogers entity, but you should be able to get it on Telus, Bell, or Shaw.

  • greenseed says:

    oh, cool, thanks smith

    i know they had the versus shows on there

    159 sn1 on shaw

  • epic says:

    I’ve twatted Dana like 4 times… 40% of the tweets I’ve ever made. He ignores me. Now this.



    and I hate Comcast, but they monopolized Chicago.

  • fightlinker says:

    Sportsnet has a nasty habit of choosing hockey over MMA :-/

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  • KrmtDfrog says:

    There is zero chance that I change cable companies simply to watch TUF brazil and some prelims. That’s what the internet is for.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    i get it and hdnet on dish

  • OlyReigns says:

    I have no tv yet I miss nothing. Magic? No.. it is the 21st century.

  • glassjawsh says:

    ^ this. who the fuck pays for tv anymore?

    it’s like having a landline phone

  • Letibleu says:

    where i live none of the companies have it. guessim getting the message to stream. it aint hd.

  • CAP says:

    I dvr every TUF season but never end up watching any of it. Fight Nights are different though I may have to check into how many events they have planned and see if it’s worth paying more for Fuel. And I have Comcast so I think I get to pay more for non HD.

  • G Funk says:

    Just found fuel tucked away from the common channel line up and nestled inbetween the music channels, south american spanish TV and sports PPV lineup. I’m sure the South Florida Comcast customers watch it all the time.

  • nem0 says:

    I think the cable company that swallowed the old monopoly here has FUEL, but they dropped HDNet. Not that switching to DirecTV is an option — housing covenants in this neighborhood outlawed the ugly little roof dishes.

    Not like I can’t get things off the internets if I felt like it. Too bad that takes effort.