Could Lose 30 Local Channels
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
Manchester, NH WMUR
Tampa, Florida WMOR
Daytona Beach, Florida WESH
Clermont, Florida WKCF
Sacramento KCRA KQCA
Kansas City, Missouri KMBC
Greenville, SC WYFF
West Palm Beach WPBF
Lancaster, PA WGAL
Oklahoma City KOCO
Winston Salem WXII
New Orleans WDSU
Hilo, Hawaii KHVO
Wailuku, Hawaii KMAU
Des Moines KCCI
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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