News Update, Jan.3 5 a.m. ET -- Nothing new in the impasse between DIRECTV and Hearst.
DIRECTV & Cox Media Reach Deal; Hearst Still Out
By Phillip Swann
Washington, D.C. (January 1, 2017) - Cox Media tonight announced that it has reached a new multi-year carriage deal with DIRECTV, returning the company's 15 local stations to the satcaster's lineup, according to multiple Cox-owned stations including WHIO-TV, a Cox Media-owned CBS affiliate in Dayton, Ohio.
However, DIRECTV is still without 33 Hearst-owned local stations. Talks for a new carriage pact between DIRECTV and Hearst broke down last night, triggering the blackout. The deadline for a new deal was midnight.
Cox also pulled its signals from DIRECTV last night after talks collapsed for a new agreement. But the two sides have now reached a new deal.
The 33 Hearst stations include the ABC affiliate in Boston, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, and the NBC station in Baltimore, while the 15 stations owned by Cox Media include the Fox affiliate in Boston, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, and the CBS affiliate in Seattle.
Hearst stations this morning published online alerts of the blackout, but they added that they blamed DIRECTV for the "inconvenience." The Hearst stations did not express any hope a deal would be reached soon.
In related news last night, NBC and Charter announced an unspecified time extension in their carriage negotiations. The current pact was scheduled to end at midnight but the extension will allow the channels to remain in Charter's lineup while talks continue.
Channels that could be impacted by a blackout include the local NBC stations in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York as well as NBC-owned cable networks such as Bravo, CNBC, E!, and Syfy, among others.
Dish, which on Thursday lost the Bonneville-owned NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City due to a fee fight, last night lost two CBS affiliates, in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, due to a separate fee fight with their owner, Griffin Communications.
By federal law, a TV provider can not carry a channel without its consent.
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