It’s not the final nail in the coffin, but it’s certainly a big blow. Satellite TV provider DirecTV has dropped GolTV from its Sports Pack tier.
In an e-mail to DirecTV customers on Tuesday, DirecTV informed customers that “GolTV on channel 627 will no longer be available effective on 9/13 on Sports Pack.” Instead, the new international soccer network beIN SPORT has pushed GolTV off the DirecTV Sports Pack. beIN SPORT is available in HD and SD on channel 620.
Although DirecTV’s e-mail to customers failed to mention it, GolTV is still available on DirecTV — albeit on the En Espanol package for $14.99/month extra. That package includes ESPN Deportes and FOX Deportes, among others.
The impact of GolTV getting dropped from DirecTV Sports Pack will have a detrimental impact on the number of GolTV subscribers. It’s estimated that GolTV will lose 4 million subscribers as a result of no longer being available on the Sports Pack tier.