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The early morning blackout comes after it appeared Saturday afternoon that the two sides had reached a deal. DIRECTV issued a press release stating that it had agreed to Tribune's terms for the 23 local stations and would negotiate a separate deal for WGN America later.
But Tribune soon responded, saying the DIRECTV release was "inaccurate and misleading" and that no deal had been reached.
The old pact between the two companies expired at midnight. By law, a TV provider can not carry a local station or cable channel without its permission.
In addition to WGN America, the Tribune-owned stations include:
Fox affiliates in Sacramento, San Diego, Hartford, Connecticut, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Seattle;
The ABC affiliate in New Orleans and the My Network TV affiliate in Philadelphia.
CW affiliates in Los Angeles, Denver, Washington, Waterbury, Connecticut, Miami, Chicago, Bloomington and Kokomo, Indiana, New Orleans, St. Louis, New York, Salem, Dallas and Houston.
Tribune has set up a web site (TellDIRECTV.com) to offer updates on the impasse. DIRECTV has done the same with DIRECTVPromise.com
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