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More Than 50 Stations Go Dark on DirecTV

Sep 2, 2014  •  Post A Comment

After more than three months of negotiations to resolve a carriage dispute between DirecTV and Raycom, Raycom said its 53 stations have gone dark on DirecTV’s systems, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“This is frustrating for DirecTV customers who rely on Raycom stations for information and entertainment. We share their frustration and are committed to doing everything we can to resolve this issue and have been for the last 12 weeks of discussions,” said Raycom CEO Paul McTear in a statement on the company’s website.

For its part, DirecTV said in a statement posted on its website that Raycom Media “is denying DirecTV customers and some of its own most loyal viewers access to its local broadcast stations unless they pay more than double just to receive the same broadcast shows that remain available over the air for free.”

DirecTV added that despite the blackout, football fans will be able to see “all of the first few weeks’ action uninterrupted, and the majority of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC series won’t premiere for several more weeks.”

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2 Comments

  1. Please bring these channels back I don’t pay for no channels I don’t have. I know you (direct tv) May y working on this issue but if you can’t get it right put on channels that the customers don’t have in there current package deal.
    Thanks again

  2. Considering the majority of people have some sort of satellite system , my first question is: are these stations blocked out on Dish TV? and next: Raycom is pretty full of itself to think the lost of these viewers won’t affect their ratings. Why only direct TV?
    The stations in question are free local stations so why should we pay more to be able to view them through
    a satellite? Hey Raycom, anything to gouge the customers and for the mighty dollar…What was your net
    worth in 2013? Need more money, right?

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