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DIRECTV Seeking to Keep 50 Raycom Stations
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (August 11, 2014) - DIRECTV and Raycom Media are now negotiating a new carriage agreement that, if not successfully completed by August 31, could mean the loss of more than 50 local stations from the satcaster's lineup.

Raycom's local stations have posted notices at their web sites and on social media pages that alert their viewers that the negotiations are ongoing. However, the messages thus far are non-threatening, which might suggest the company believes a resolution will be worked out before the deadline.

Likewise, DIRECTV has posted a notice at its web site, DIRECTVPromise.com, that downplays the seriousness of the discussions.

"We are working with Raycom to retain its permission (to air its signals) and look forward to resolving our business matters privately so that none of these customers are unnecessarily inconvenienced," the statement reads.




However, there are now less than three weeks left before the current agreement expires and DIRECTV and Raycom engaged in a contentious negotiation in 2011 before finally signing a new deal.

As usual in these discussions, the companies are differing over how much DIRECTV should pay Raycom to carry its signals.

The Raycom stations are located largely in cities in the Southeast, such as New Orleans, Savannah, Augusta, Georgia and Birmingham. But the company also has stations in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

To see a complete list of the Raycom stations, click here.

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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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