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DIRECTV Could Lose 30 Local Channels
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (December 12, 2010) -- Hearst Television is warning that DIRECTV will lose the right to carry roughly 30 local stations on January 1 if the two companies don't reach a new programming pact by then.

If a new agreement is not reached, DIRECTV viewers of those stations would lose both their SD and HD signals.

The Hearst announcement is the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between programmers and TV providers over carriage fees. Subscribers to DIRECTV, Dish Network, Cablevision and others have lost access to their favorite channels for a period of time this year because their providers could not reach a new agreement before the old one expired..

In a statement released over the weekend, Hearst expressed confidence that it would reach a new deal with DIRECTV, but it said it wanted to alert the satcaster's viewers that they could lose the channels.

“We believe that we and DirecTV can conclude our negotiations before January 1st so as not to deprive any of our respective viewers and customers of our programming. However, we want to advise our viewers and customers that the possibility of non-renewal of our current agreement exists," the statement read.

By federal law, a TV provider can not carry a channel without its consent. The Hearst channels that could be pulled from DIRECTV are:

Boston WCVB
Manchester, NH WMUR
Tampa, Florida WMOR
Daytona Beach, Florida WESH
Clermont, Florida WKCF
Sacramento KCRA KQCA
Pittsburgh WTAE
Baltimore WBAL
Kansas City, Missouri KMBC
Cincinnati WLWT
Milwaukee WISN
Greenville, SC WYFF
West Palm Beach WPBF
Lancaster, PA WGAL
Oklahoma City KOCO
Albuquerque KOAT
Winston Salem WXII
Louisville WLKY
New Orleans WDSU
Honolulu KITV
Hilo, Hawaii KHVO
Wailuku, Hawaii KMAU
Des Moines KCCI
Omaha KETV
Poland Spring, Maine WMTW
Jackson, MS WAPT
Burlington, Vermont WPTZ
Hartford, Vermont WNNE
Fort Smith, Arkansas KHBS, KHOG
Salinas, CA KSBW

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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TVPredictions.com. He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at swann@tvpredictions.com or at 703-505-3064.

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