Tribune, DirecTV Reach Retrans Deal After Four-Day Blackout

Apr 5, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Tribune and DirecTV reached an agreement Wednesday night over retransmission fees, ending a dispute that had blacked out Tribune programming to millions of DirecTV customers, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Twenty-three Tribune stations and WGN America returned to the satellite provider as of 9 p.m. ET, the story notes. Terms of the new five-year agreement weren’t disclosed.

Tribune hadn’t been receiving fees from DirecTV to carry its local stations, but had been receiving payment for WGN America, the story notes.

Tribune wanted "less than a penny per day per subscriber" from DirecTV, but talks faltered and the stations went dark for the satellite operator’s customers.

The deal came on the evening before the Chicago Cubs’ opening day, the piece points out. The deal meant that DirecTV customers would be able to watch the Cubs face the Washington Nationals on Thursday, while it also restored shows such as "Glee,” "American Idol" and "Gossip Girls" for viewers in local markets where Tribune owns Fox and CW affiliates.

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